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HHS public health and medical services emergency support preparedness

United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Office of Evaluation and Inspections
HHS public health and medical services emergency support preparedness [electronic resource] / Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
Country of Publication:
United States
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, [2012]
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Why we did this study: In 2010, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency published An IG's Guide for Assessing Federal Response Capabilities, which recommended that Federal agencies assess their emergency preparedness. Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) organizes HHS's resources and response as the Coordinator and Primary agency responsible for Emergency Support Function-8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services. HHS also has responsibilities as a Support agency for nine additional ESFs. How we did this study: We reviewed ASPR's and other Federal agencies' documentation and information request responses regarding HHS participation in ESF preparedness activities. We determined the total number of incidents to which HHS deployed resources in 2010 and 2011 and reported responses from ASPR and States regarding HHS's response to three selected incidents. What we found: HHS has participated in preparedness activities to fulfill its Coordinator, Primary, and Support agency ESF responsibilities. However, other ESF Coordinator and Primary agencies did not always report having a clear understanding of HHS's Support agency role and available resources during incident response. Further, HHS deployed resources for 28 incidents in 2010 and 2011 and demonstrated its ability to effectively fulfill its ESF-8 responsibilities for 3 incidents we reviewed in 2010 and 2011. However, States reported receiving multiple requests from HHS for the same information, which were burdensome during incident response. What we recommend: We recommend that ASPR: (1) continue to increase communication with the ESF Coordinator and Primary agencies it serves as a Support agency; and (2) coordinate HHS requests from HHS Staff Divisions and Operating Divisions to reduce the burden on States during incident response. ASPR concurred with both recommendations.
Disaster Planning/organization & administration*
Emergency Medical Services/organization & administration*
Emergency Responders
Health Planning Councils
Health Resources/supply & distribution*
Mass Casualty Incidents
Public Health Practice*
United States
Other Subject(s):
United States. Department of Health and Human Services.
Publication Type(s):
Technical Report
Title from PDF t.p.
"November 2012."
"This report was prepared under the direction of Dwayne Grant, Regional Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections in the Atlanta regional office, and Jaime Durley, Deputy Regional Inspector General"--P. 57.
Mode of access: Internet.
101598997 [Electronic Resource]

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