A new web repository at the Department of Health and Human Services explains a range of federal health services that are quickly deployable to local providers and public health agencies during a disaster.
The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium includes 24 broad categories of guidance and services that include disaster medical teams, equipment and supplies, field hospitals, patient movement services, disease surveillance, blood products, decontamination services, information dissemination to the public, mortuary services, clean water and food, among others.
The HHS compendium also gives average response times for each service category. Disaster medical assistance teams, for instance, deploy within 12-18 hours and were used following Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Oklahoma City tornadoes in 2013. The National Disaster Medical System includes 62 of these rapid response teams.
HHS and our federal partners offer an array of products and services to support communities in emergency situations, but sometimes finding whats available and how to access those resources can be challenging, said Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, in a written statement. With the compendium our partners know what resources they can count on when they need it most and, importantly, how to request them.
The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium is available here.
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