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NIMS 3.0 | Healthcare Coalitions In Play

NIMS 3.0 | Healthcare Coalitions In Play

NIMS 3.0 is the first new version in nearly a decade; it's the first version not drafted under duress, it's the first version signed by the FEMA Administrator and, as it should be, it's by far and away FEMA's best work. So why are leaders of healthcare coalitions– the sub grantees of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement– far less interested than emergency managers and public health preparedness pros? Maybe it's because a healthcare coalition has more in common with Walmart than with them.

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FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0 | Part 2

FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0 | Part 2

Eighteen months after the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 1.0 was published, it imploded, just like the levees that were supposed to protect New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. And we should have seen it coming. After all, NIMS 1.0 was drafted under duress, at a time when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was an empty shell, having been shucked by a political ideology that it was an unnecessary agency. To the contrary, NIMS 3.0...

 
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FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0

FEMA Publishes NIMS 3.0

On October 17th, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published National Incident Management System (NIMS), Third Edition. Released fifteen months after the public draft, NIMS 3.0 is the first update of the Nation's incident management system since March of 2008. And at 132 pages it weighs in nearly 40 pages lighter than NIMS 2.0, making it more efficient, nimble. Right?

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Healthcare Coalitions Don’t Have Response Role? Really?

Healthcare Coalitions Don’t Have Response Role? Really?

In a well known LifeLock commercial bank robbers storm into a bank yelling, "Everybody on the floor." As customers hit the floor a man in a security uniform is chilled out when one of the customer’s whispers, "Do something!" He replies, "Oh, I'm not a security guard. I'm a security monitor. I only notify people if there is a robbery." After a brief glance around the customer passively says, "There's a robbery." The narrator then says, "Why monitor a problem if you don't fix it?" Well, the same applies to healthcare coalitions.

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Congress Pushes Back on HPP, PHEP, EMPG Cuts

Congress Pushes Back on HPP, PHEP, EMPG Cuts

Congress is pushing back on the President's proposed funding cuts to key programs that drive state and local disaster mitigation and preparedness for Nation's emergency management, public health, and the healthcare systems. Congressional sub-committees have rebuked the White House's desired cuts to ASPR, CDC, and FEMA.

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ASPR Cutting 19 States Out of HPP

ASPR Cutting 19 States Out of HPP

If ASPR has its way with Congress, there will only be 36 eligible awardees for Hospital Preparedness Program funding. Nineteen states will be out under a "risk-based" approach that limits awards to only those states and local jurisdictions ASPR has 'scientifically' determined have the highest risk. And before those states that appear to have avoided the axe get too giddy, know that ASPR expects you to compete with academic medical centers, state and local hospital associations... for the opportunity to administer the HPP cooperative agreement.

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