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 and health-system partners are prepared to respond to any potential threats to public health.
In light of the events of September 11, 2001, hospitals and health system partners have been participating in regional coalitions, where they plan together on issues such as medical surge for events that overwhelm normal capacity and capability, decontamination, evacuation, shelter-in-place – just to name a few..
While there are federal mandates for hospitals to plan and prepare all hazards, current cuts in federal funding make it difficult to fulfill these requirements. Hospitals need ongoing funding at reasonable levels for communications, equipment, training, planning, and exercising.
In collaboration with the state Department of Health, WSHA is working with hospitals statewide to identify needs and issues, provide information regarding educational opportunities, assist with communicating these needs and issues, and provide technical assistance, where possible, to achieve results.
The next conference is scheduled for May 27-29, 2015, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.
Washington State Public Health/Homeland Security Emergency Planning Regions Map
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