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Cross-Sector Collaboration

Cross-sector collaboration between all key partners across jurisdictions is a vital part of preparedness planning. Basic cross-sector activities should include—

  • Identifying vulnerable older adults and other populations with special needs before an emergency occurs.
  • Developing plans for risk communication, providing shelter.
  • Ensuring continuity of medical care.
  • Transporting these groups to shelter and safety.
  • Reintegrating displaced older adults back into their communities.

Essential Partners

Agencies and organizations from a variety of levels are key in the planning process. These groups may include government entities, Aging Services Network agencies (which may or may not be governmental), and community partners.

Government Entities or government agencies at all levels are critical partners in emergency planning and response and may include the following:

  • Federal agencies.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, including CDC, the Administration on Aging, the Centers for Medicare & edicaid Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Indian Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security agencies, including FEMA and the Customs and Border Patrol.

  • State agencies.
    • State attorneys general.
    • Medicaid programs.
    • State civil defense.
    • State departments of behavioral health.
    • State departments of public health.
    • State emergency management agencies.
    • State units on aging.

  • Regional agencies.
    • Metropolitan transportation authorities.
    • Regional governing councils.
    • Regional planning commissions.

  • Local agencies.
    • Aging services providers.
    • Area agencies on aging.
    • Fire departments.
    • Hospital associations.
    • Law enforcement agencies.
    • Local health departments.
    • Local emergency management offices.
    • Long-term-care associations.

  • Tribal organizations.
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    • Local councils.
    • Tribal governments.

  • Community partners.
    • American Red Cross.
    • Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs).
    • Meals on Wheels.
    • Faith-based organizations.
    • Home health care and durable medical equipment providers.
    • Legal Aid and other organizations that provide legal services to older adults.
    • Nonprofit social service organizations.
    • Private-sector companies and business.
    • Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs).

 

 

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