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Hospital Preparedness Program

The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through grants and cooperative agreements to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies. The program is managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, (ASPR) which provides programmatic oversight and works with its partners such as STRAC to ensure that the program’s goals are met or exceeded.This funding is used to support programs STRAC and its members implement to help strengthen public health emergency preparedness in several ways.

Committees and Workgroups

Meets: Second Wednesday Quarterly (1:00PM - 3:00PM)

Meets: Third Thursday Monthly (1:30PM - 3:30PM)

Meets: Fourth Monday Monthly (2:30PM - 4:00PM)

Meets: Third Friday Monthly (2:00PM - 4:00PM)

Meets: Second Friday Even Months (11:00AM - 12:00PM)

Meets: As Needed (Times May Vary)

Meets: Third Friday Monthly (10:00AM - 12:00PM)

Meets: Fourth Thursday Odd Months (1:00PM - 2:00PM)

Meets: First Thursday Even Months (8:30AM - 10:30AM)

Meets: Fourth Monday Odd Months (1:30PM - 2:30PM)

Meets: Third Friday Quarterly (12:00PM - 2:00PM)

Meets: Last Wednesday Quarterly (10:00AM - 12:00PM)

Contact STRAC

STRAC EP&R Helps With:

  • Hospital Emergencies
  • PSAP Communication Outages

Contact MEDCOM

MEDCOM Helps With:

  • Trauma Patient Transfers
  • Extended EMS Wall Times
  • HELP Calls
  • Requests for EMTF 8 Assets
  • Rescue Team Requests

Public Health Contacts

History of HPP

The National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP) was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2002 to enhance hospitals’ ability to respond to a biological attack. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) originally administered the program and provided funding and guidance to hospitals. NBHPP supported increases in stockpiles of equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals that would not have been purchased by financially strained institutions without the program.

In 2006, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act established the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. ASPR’s mission areas cover a wide array of preparedness and medical response capabilities, including the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) its Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs),the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS), and the HPP. In its new location, the HPP would be poised to ensure the healthcare system preparedness enterprise supports identified and newly emerging medical surge capacity and capability requirements at all levels of government, those identified during real-time medical and public health events, and through Federal and State/local/territorial and tribal coordinated exercises.

Since the implementation of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the program made a major programmatic shift from bioterrorism and an emphasis on capacity building (e.g., quantities of surge beds, amount of PPE, etc.), to an all-hazards preparedness approach under PAHPA, emphasizing capabilities (e.g., use hospital staff, resources, training, etc.) to provide care in the event of a real or simulated event.

Regional Rescue Teams


Emergency Medical Task Force

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Swiftwater Rescue Team


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High Angle Rescue Team

High Angle

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