Preparing for the Unexpected
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Washington State Public Health Emergency Planning Regions Map
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Hospitals are a key component of our public health system and have a long-term commitment to disaster preparedness. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is working to strengthen the public health and health care infrastructure in Washington State to ensure hospitals are prepared to respond to any potential threats to public health.
In light of the events of September 11, 2001, hospitals revised their internal disaster plans and developed regional response plans. They are now addressing the need to increase surge capacity (creating bed space for victims of mass casualty terrorist events) and isolation capability for victims of incidents involving bioterrorism.
While there are federal mandates for hospitals to plan and prepare for terrorist threats, the current level of federal funding is inadequate to carry out these requirements. Hospitals need ongoing federal funding for communications, equipment, training, planning, drilling, and pharmaceuticals. Additional resources must be provided to increase the capability of hospitals and local health care workers to respond to public health threats.
In collaboration with the state Department of Health, WSHA is working with hospitals statewide to identify their needs, provide educational opportunities, assist with communications, and provide technical assistance.