As the Chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community’s Public Health, Medical and Social Services, which just released a major report entitled, “Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery”, I am pleased to note that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has announced the launch of their resources system to improve disaster preparedness. The synergy between preparing communities for optimal healthiness and the work related to disaster preparedness is coming into greater focus.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sponsors the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), which features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.
As stated in their press release:
“Experience has shown that every disaster, large or small, has the potential to impact heath,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “TRACIE can help health and emergency management officials across the country learn about, share, and apply best practices and experiences before, during and after disasters to protect health and potentially save lives.
ASPR TRACIE resulted from the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal government agencies, regional health-care coalitions, academia, and partners from the private sector and nongovernmental organizations.”
I hope you will find ASPR TRACIE and its resources of interest.