Nebraska hospitals play a key role in disaster
readiness throughout our state and country. Since the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001 and subsequent scares, hospitals have stepped up readiness
efforts in order to become better prepared in responding to not only traditional
and weather-related disaster threats, but an even more real potential of
terrorist attacks, including the use of chemical, biological, or nuclear agents.
As vital community resources, hospitals must be
among the best prepared, along with police, fire, rescue and other public safety
The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) serves
as a liaison between hospitals and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS), which manages grant funding for disaster preparedness, the
American Hospital Association (AHA) and other federal and state agencies.
The NHA Emergency Preparedness News is a weekly e-mail newsletter containing the
latest information on disaster readiness for hospitals and health care
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Dec 09, 2013 -- 01:21:43
A year later: Joplin hospitals rebuild, become better prepared
The healthcare community serving Joplin, Mo. is
working hard to rebuild capacity one year after a tornado destroyed one of its
hospitals, as emergency preparedness experts try to use Joplin's experience to
allow other hospitals to become better prepared.
The Missouri Hospital Association's report,
"Preparedness and Partnerships: Lessons Learned from the Missouri Disaster of
2011" highlights some of the ways to keep communications problems to a minimum
during a disaster.
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