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.