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Emergency Preparedness

When the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 11, after the Anthrax attacks, and after Hurricane Katrina, emergency preparedness took on a whole new meaning. While our member hospitals have always had disaster plans in place, they now have taken the responsibility for emergency preparedness to a new level.

These tragic events and other threats have significantly expanded the role of hospitals in the community. In addition to caring for the sick and injured during times of crisis, hospitals are expected to support a variety of disaster readiness activities - information, preventative services, and a coordinated emergency response.

The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council has been part of a bi-county effort to develop comprehensive emergency preparedness plans, assist with carrying out and evaluating drills and exercises, and providing education to prepare hospitals to meet their expanding roles. In addition, these activities have helped to ensure that hospitals meet their regulatory obligations and to fulfill grant-funded obligations.

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