The Coalition augments local operational readiness to meet the health and medical challenges posed by a catastrophic incident or event. This is achieved by engaging and empowering all parts of the healthcare community, and by strengthening the existing relationships to understand and meet the actual health and medical needs of the whole community.
The Coalition is intended as a vehicle to coordinate and maintain current hospital preparedness levels while enhancing disaster preparedness and resiliency in other portions of the healthcare system. These efforts also help improve medical surge capacity and capability, further enhancing a community’s health system preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies.
The NEFLHCC is NOT designed nor intended to be a disaster response organization. Disaster response activities are managed through existing ESF 8 structures within local jurisdictions as defined in county Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP). The NEFLHCC does serve a multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency function to coordinate actions and resources during response, based on the networks built through the Coalition process.
It is also recognized that NEFLHCC activities will serve to enhance and expand local ESF 8 Health and Medical and regional response capabilities and capacities.
NEFLHCC functions include:
Function 1: Develop, Refine or Sustain Healthcare Coalitions
•Essential members •Additional Partners •Evidence of Partnerships •Governance Documentation •Multi-agency Coordination during Response
Function 2: Coordinate Healthcare Planning to Prepare the Healthcare System for a Disaster
•Healthcare system situational assessments •Healthcare System Disaster Planning
Function 3: Identify and Prioritize Essential Healthcare Assets and Services
•Priority healthcare assets and essential services planning •Equipment to assist healthcare organizations with the provision of critical services
Function 4: Determine Gaps in Healthcare Preparedness and Identify Resources for Mitigation of These Gaps
•Resource Elements (plans, equipment, skills, healthcare resources assessment) •Address healthcare information gaps
Function 5: Coordinate Training to Assist Healthcare Responders to Develop the Necessary Skills to Respond
•Resource Elements •NIMS
Function 6: Improve Healthcare Response Capabilities through Coordinated Exercise and Evaluation
•Exercise Plans •Exercise Implementation and Coordination
Function 7: Coordinate with Planning for At-Risk Individuals and Those with Special Medical Needs
•Status of vulnerable populations and potential impact on healthcare delivery •Healthcare planning for at-risk individuals and functional needs