New HHS Disaster Preparedness Resource System Available
October 2, 2015 04:47 PM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) to support health professionals and improve disaster preparedness. According to ASPR, it is “the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.” TRACIE features:
technical resources searchable by keyword;
access via phone and online to specialists for one-one support;
just-in-time recommendations; and
information exchange via a peer-to-peer discussion board.
“Experience has shown that every disaster, large or small, has the potential to impact heath,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “TRACIE can help health and emergency management officials across the country learn about, share, and apply best practices and experiences before, during and after disasters to protect health and potentially save lives.”
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice supports the availability of federal resources to home care and hospice for disaster planning, coordination, practice, and training.
To access the new resource system, click here.