Hospital Preparedness

Federal Organizations

These federal organizations offer a variety of resources, tools and training opportunities that may be useful for hospital emergency preparedness coordinators. To submit resources for inclusion on this page, please email

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Archive
    This resource was developed by AHRQ as part of its Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011. This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated.
  • American Hospital Association (AHA)
    The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities.
  • American Hospital Association Emergency Readiness
    As part of America's vital health care infrastructure, hospitals play a key role in disaster readiness throughout our country.
  • CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response
    The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
  • CDC Preparedness Resources for Hospitals
    The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website for Preparedness Guidance, Tools, Training, Regulatory Guidance, Worker Preparedness and Other Links related to hospital preparedness.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.
  • Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
    Train at the nation's premier all-hazards training center - FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). In addition to being the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center, CDP’s training programs provide the very best in advanced hands-on training for America's emergency responders.
  • Center for Domestic Preparedness (Noble Training Facility)
    Train at the nation's premier all-hazards training center! FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.
  • Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT)
    DMAT is a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel (supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff) designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
    EMI is one of several training facilities for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center.
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
    NACCHO creates new tools and improves existing ones to help local health departments enhance their readiness to respond to public health emergencies and other disasters.
  • National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)
    The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system that augments the Nation's medical response capability.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program
    The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through grants and cooperative agreements to States, territories, and eligible municipalities to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Preparedness, Response & Recovery
    In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will provide a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and mount a swift and effective recovery effort.
  • World Health Institute (WHO)
    WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
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