HHS Launches System to Improve Disaster Preparedness

 Disasters can strike in an instant.  While impossible to prevent, preparation can decrease the amount of suffering and increase the ability to bounce back.  In light of this, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched a new resource system for health and emergency preparedness professionals. The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) allow resource materials, real-life experiences, and helpful tools to be facilitated to emergency first responders and healthcare experts.

“Experience has shown that every disaster, large or small, has the potential to impact health,” 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.”

TRACIE was developed by a network of experts nationwide to focus on the needs of individuals working in the wake of a disaster.  Users of TRACIE can get advice, discuss and collaborate solutions with fellow professionals, and exchange templates of plans and responses to a variety of extreme circumstances.

TRACIE is easily accessed through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, the Public Health and Medical Emergency website, and, by far the easiest and quickest way, through the Homeland Security Digital Library by clicking here. (some resources may require HSDL login).

 

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