Emergency Readiness

Jun 15, 2018
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education today approved by voice vote legislation that would provide $177.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, HHS and Education in fiscal year 2019. According to a committee summary, the…
Aug 6, 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a summary from its March workshop on engaging the health care system in building capacity to respond to public health and national security threats. The event brought together public and private sector partners to discuss…
Aug 2, 2018
Dimon: Amazon/Chase/Berkshire Hathaway Startup Will Start Slowly JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon compared the trajectory of the health care venture he is spearheading with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffet to Amazon’s journey, CNBC reports. Dimon said that the three…
Jul 30, 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host an Aug. 22-23 workshop in Washington, D.C., on medical and public health preparedness for a nuclear incident. Public and private-sector participants will explore the status of medical and public health readiness, potential…
Jul 20, 2018
A tornado struck UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown in Iowa yesterday, forcing the hospital to evacuate 43 patients to other facilities and close all services and departments on its main campus. No patients or staff were injured. The emergency department has relocated to the health system’s medical…
Jul 20, 2018
A new resource from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response provides an overview of potential health and medical needs following a radiological or nuclear incident and resources available for planners. To access a recent ASPR webinar on health…
Jul 19, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday advanced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6378). The bill, as amended, would authorize $264.6 million in annual funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program, down from $374.7 million currently.…
Jul 13, 2018
The Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday released a report examining the agency’s performance during the 2017 hurricane season. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused a combined $265 billion in damage and each ranked among the top five costliest hurricanes on record. The report includes…
Jun 28, 2018
SAMHSA's The Dialogue produced by the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center. This issue highlights a sample of National VOAD members involved in behavioral health disaster response and recovery work. (June 2018) Helping Families Deal with the Stress of Relocation After a Disaster (Handout)…
Jun 21, 2018
In its latest Technical Resources Assistance Center & Information Exchange newsletter, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response shares lessons learned related to pre-hospital care, trauma and emergency response from mass shootings at a large…