Emergency Preparedness

Every year in the U.S., disasters occur of the severity and magnitude that state and federal authorities issue disaster declarations. The vast majority of these emergency declarations are caused by severe weather. Flooding, ice and snow, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes have been and continue to be the hazards and risks likely to require a community-based emergency response. However, domestic and international acts of terrorism are a reality for our nation, and individual acts of violence occur in every community. Consider the increasing number of active shooters in schools, hospitals and workplace settings. In nearly every incident, hospitals are a critical component of the response.

Building capacity and capability to prepare for and respond to incidents that stress normal hospital daily operations is essential. Further, the collaboration and coordination among government, public health, long-term care, clinics and hospitals must occur to ensure coordinated plans and response during an incident. MHA is committed to providing leadership and expertise to support hospital preparedness and response.



  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Mitigation
  • Recovery

Preparedness is achieved and maintained through a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective action.

Preparedness Cycle



Federal Resources

Response to a disaster takes place immediately before, during, and in the first few days after a catastrophic event. The following resources designed to assist hospitals with response and real event lessons learned.

External Partners and Resources

Mitigation it the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. The following resources are designed to assist hospitals with pre-event activities that can reduce the severity of impact from disasters.


Recovery is the phase of disaster from the point of incident stabilization to a return to “normal” state. The following resources are designed to assist hospitals with planning for recovery.


A webinar series on health care organization COOP is available on the On-Demand Education webpage.