Our preparedness program is funded largely by a Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Funds from these two grants are applied to a wide variety of essential functions, including but not limited to: local health departments and hospitals disaster planning efforts; a 24/7 duty officer program for responding to public health emergencies; a 24/7 Health and Homeland Alert Network; the Strategic National Stockpile program; public health laboratory testing; surveillance and epidemiological investigation; and building and supporting a cadre of public health emergency volunteers.

The PHEP and HPP grants have identified a number of capabilities, or national public health preparedness standards, to which OPEM must dedicate and focus its efforts over a five-year period beginning in August 2011. These capabilities include:

 PHEP CapabilitiesHPP Capabilities
1Community PreparednessHealthcare System Preparedness
2Community RecoveryHealthcare System Recovery
3Emergency Operations CoordinationEmergency Operations Coordination
4Emergency Public Information and Warning 
5Fatality ManagementFatality Management
6Information SharingInformation Sharing
7Mass Care 
8Medical Countermeasure Dispensing 
9Medical Materiel Management and Distribution 
10Medical SurgeMedical Surge
11Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions 
12Public Health Laboratory Testing 
13Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation 
14Responder Safety and HealthResponder Safety and Health
15Volunteer ManagementVolunteer Management

Read more about the public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities.

This information is provided by Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Public Health.