HHS Announces Online Collection of Resources for Health Emergencies
July 21, 2015 09:49 AM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled an online compendium of federal resources in order to assist with response and recovery efforts in the event of a federal emergency. The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium website offers resources and capabilities across a variety of health-specific topics.
The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium Project is a “comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. The resources in this repository may also be useful for public health and medical emergency management officials. Each topic contains a list of the major HHS capabilities, products and services that support that function, a brief description of each and information on accessing them.”
In an announcement, HHS stated that the intent of the new website is to make it easier to find useful resources and capabilities in the event of an emergency. “HHS and our federal partners offer an array of products and services to support communities in emergency situations, but sometimes finding what’s available and how to access those resources can be challenging,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “With the compendium our partners know what resources they can count on when they need it most and, importantly, how to request them.”
The website includes resources across 24 different categories such as: Situational Awareness, Public Health Surveillance, Medical Care Personnel, and Public Health & Medical Information. One of the resources includes the HHS emPOWER Map, which as previously reported is a Geographic Information System tool that integrates patient data with severe weather tracking.
“The compendium will be updated regularly and expanded as federal agencies add products, capabilities and services to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from the health impacts of disasters,” HHS said in a press release announcing the Compendium.
The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium website is available here. The announcement by HHS is available here.