Traditionally, hospitals have been perceived as the first line of defense in the event of a disaster. However, the state's community health centers not only play a significant role in maintaining the health of communities, they are well-positioned to participate in a local and statewide emergency response. Today, health centers are more than primary care providers - they are community responders.
The following links are to resources that can be helpful for preparing for, responding to and recovering from an emergency or disaster.
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management
- National Association of Community Health Centers Live Learning Center - Join the Live Learning Center's Emergency Management community to have exclusive access to tools, resources, sample templates, and trainings related to health center emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
For smartphone users:
- Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages - The tools on this page are designed to provide mobile device users access to Web-based content. They are developed to run on specific mobile platforms, such as iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, or Blackberry.
- Ping4Alerts - Location-based Public Safety and Emergency Alerts. Reduce alert fatigue with hyperlocal mobile alerts. Free download for smartphones, find it in your app store.
Training and Education Resources:
- DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness - delvalle.bphc.org
- Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts - www.masslocalinstitute.org
- Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency - mematraining.chs.state.ma.us/TRS
- AmeriCares - http://usaccess.americares.org/
- Direct Relief - http://www.directrelief.org/usa/
- Heart to Heart - http://www.hearttoheart.org/our-work/product-distribution/
Visit the League's calendar for League sponsored trainings.
More InformationFor more information on the League's and health centers' emergency management efforts, contact Tina Wright.
Updated: June 2019