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The Preparedness Section is responsible for maintaining emergency response plans and activating Health and Medical Area Command (HMAC) to direct, coordinate, and mobilize health and medical resources, information, and personnel during emergencies and disasters. We also rely on other preparedness professionals and organizations, including the Northwest Healthcare Response Network (NWHRN) and city and county emergency managers.
- Public Health preparedness and response plans
Public Health response plans and tip sheets for emergency preparedness in a range of areas. Also includes presentations and handouts from semi-annual ESF-8 briefings.
- ESF-8 semi-annual briefings
Emergency Support Function 8 (Health, Medical and Mortuary Services) briefing for local emergency managers, healthcare partners, community-based organizations, public and private sector responders, and public information officers.
- Mass Fatality and Family Assistance Center
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities
- Isolation and quarantine
Public Health — Seattle & King County is leading the region in the unprecedented challenge of meeting preparedness and clinical requirements for disease surveillance, mass treatment operations, and for isolation and quarantine protocols and training.
- Northwest Healthcare Response Network
The Northwest Healthcare Response Network is a coalition of healthcare organizations working together to strengthen healthcare emergency preparedness and response capabilities in the Puget Sound through collaborative planning, training and exercise programs.
- Private Medication Center Partnership
Medication centers are locations where medications from the federal Strategic National Stockpile can be provided to affected persons during a medical emergency, such as a disease outbreak or terrorist attack. By becoming a Private Medication Center, you will receive and dispense medications from the federal stockpile directly to your employees and their families. Download the following documents for more information: