"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. In July 2010, states, territories, and large metropolitan areas received HPP grants totaling $390.5 million to help hospitals and other health care organizations strengthen the medical surge capability across the nation. HPP Program funding supports:  Enhanced Planning: HPP funding is used to enhance hospital and healthcare system planning and response at the State, local, and territorial levels.  Increasing Integration: HPP facilitates the integration of public and private sector medical planning and assets to increase the preparedness, response, and surge capacity of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  Improving Infrastructure: Awardees have used HPP Grants and Special Initiative Grant funding to improve the State, local, and territorial infrastructures that help hospitals and healthcare systems prepare for public health emergencies. The program is managed the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, (ASPR) which provides programmatic oversight and works with its partners in State, territorial, and municipal government to ensure that the program's goals are met or exceeded."
Public Health Emergency: http://www.phe.gov/