Hospitals in New York State participate in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) that provides funding to conduct capabilities-based planning designed to prioritize efforts to close gaps between how prepared the facilities are and how prepared they need to be.
The HPP is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), through the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Office of Health Emergency Preparedness.
ASPR released the National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness in January, 2012. It can be downloaded by visiting http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/hpp/pages/default.aspx. This document outlines the priorities that make up our grant deliverables, with a focus on health care coalitions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, released its Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning in March, 2011. It can be downloaded by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/. This document outlines the focus of our public health partners.
We encourage personal preparedness. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extensive information available on being informed, making a plan, building an emergency kit, and getting involved in preparedness. Information can be found at http://www.ready.gov/.