Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes: Workshop #3 (New Orleans, LA)
When a disaster strikes, it rarely impacts just one jurisdiction. Many catastrophic disaster plans include provisions of support from neighboring jurisdictions which likely will not be available in a regional disaster. As many jurisdictions within a region will have similar vulnerabilities, it is important to establish responsibilities and capacities and be able to work toward common goals to address all-hazards when multiple areas are affected. It is important for jurisdictions to consider how they will respond to a scenario where the entire region is impacted.
To explore these unique considerations the Institute of Medicine’s Preparedness Forum is organizing a series of 3 workshops, each of which will explore a specific set of issues: Community Planning and Engagement, Information Sharing and Management, and Surge Management. The focus of this third workshop in New Orleans, LA will be on issues of medical surge across a region, including patient transportation and evacuation, relationships between acute medical and extended care facilities, and coordination responsibility of surge incidents.
• Define and discuss the challenges of evacuation and rapidly surging health systems across a region
o Examine coordination of patient tracking within and across jurisdictions
• Explore processes that are built into a region to successfully integrate public health and human services into a surge response.
o Discuss possible strategies to enhance medical capabilities and ameliorate burden on hospitals.
• Describe strategies that help to protect acute care hospitals in a region from being overwhelmed, and maximize use of other health care facilities across multiple communities
• Discuss coordination across the diverse health sector players to achieve surge capability for health, medical, and social services.
o Discuss coordination of all organizations in a region that are active in emergency planning