Emergency Preparedness

MHA’s emergency preparedness and response resources are designed to assist health care facilities — a collaboration among government, public health, long-term care, clinics and hospitals — in planning for, and reacting to, all hazards. Health care planning establishes hospital and community readiness before an emergency, and a proven response and recovery framework during and after an emergency. Health care readiness also increases overall community resiliency.

MHA’s staff and resources are available to support hospitals with information and tangible resources in the event of an emergency. MHA is committed to providing leadership, expertise and guidance to support health care 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

National Incident Management System

FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System doctrine on October 17, 2017. NIMS provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity. The refreshed NIMS retains key concepts and principles from the 2004 and 2008 versions, while incorporating lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents, best practices and changes in national policy.

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.