The Health and Human Services Office (HHS) of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has released the final 2017-2022 document outlining the objectives for the nation’s health care delivery system, to include health care coalitions and health care organizations, in regards to preparing, responding and recovering from emergencies and disasters. ASPR developed this guidance in order to help patients receive the care needed during an emergency; reduce illness, injuries and fatalities from emergencies, and to support aftermath resiliency for emergencies and disasters, that impact public health. The Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities document is now posted on the phe.gov website.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and many other agencies and organizations, as well as local and federal officials continue to provide additional resources and personnel to support the recovery efforts in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Hurricane Matthew has forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate and abandon their homes. Many are still unable to return to their residences due to ongoing flooding from swelled rivers. Read more
As of October 6, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit multiple Caribbean countries as a category four storm, leaving over 300,000 people in shelters. Hurricane Matthew is moving northward with winds reaching 145mph and will continue to strengthen over the next couple of days. Read more
On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation goes into effect on November 16, 2016. Read more.
Thomas Kirsch, MD, MPH, has been selected as the next director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Read more.
Summer scorchers can cause heat emergencies. See our new resource page for health professionals on how to prevent a heat emergency and what to do when presented with a heat-related medical emergency. Read more.
The Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal has published a special collection of research conducted following Superstorm Sandy. Read more.
On June 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT, NCDMPH will host Points of Dispensing for Those with Access and Functional Needs, presented by Glenda Ford-Lee, MHR, from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Read more.
The 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index shows that overall, the nation is better prepared for managing emergencies than it was in 2013 when the index first began. Read more.
NCDMPH is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Center's Disaster Health Education Symposium: Innovations for Tomorrow to be held September 8, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. Read more.
Aiding children with special healthcare needs during a disaster requires tremendous planning and procedures development. Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH will present a one-hour webinar on this critical topic on March 31 at 1 PM, EDT. Read more.