Emergency Management/Continuity of Operations

Emergencies will happen – whether you are ready for them or not. Health centers can greatly improve their ability to respond efficiently and recover more quickly by preparing for emergencies. It is important that patients, staff, and community partners are familiar with health center plans and roles so that they can help your health center during an emergency response.

There is no one-size-fits-all list of emergency management planning considerations that can be prescribed generically for all health centers. The primary goals are to ensure that plans are supported by your health centers capabilities and that it fully incorporates all activities determined to be important for the risks and hazards likely to impact your health center.

Here are resources that you may find helpful as you work to prepare your health center.

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE)

Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, health care coalitions, health care entities, health care providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, health care system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. The resources in this topic collection can help emergency planners in these types of facilities plan for and respond to a variety of incidents.

Primary Care Association (PCA) Emergency Management Advisory Coalition (EMAC)

The PCA EMAC began as a national HRSA Learning Team initiative, then transferred to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Over the last decade, the EMAC has grown to include representatives from the East Coast to the West with more than 80 members from nearly every state in the nation and Puerto Rico. In addition, the EMAC includes members from the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, the National Center for Farmworker Health, and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and is open to all national cooperative agreement agencies that serve the needs of community health centers. Questions about EMAC? Contact the EMAC Chair Tina Wright and Co-Chair Alexander Lipovtsev.