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Healthcare Preparedness Activity

To support public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and emergency management working together to safely deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place.

Healthcare systems effectively preparing for and responding to emergencies.

CDC’s Healthcare Preparedness Activity (HPA) is dedicated to enhancing the ability of our nation’s healthcare systems to effectively prepare for and respond to all public health emergencies. HPA has conducted several meetings and workshops across the U.S. to help communities prepare for medical surge that overwhelms the capacity of the healthcare system following a public health emergency. These community engagements helped identify pressing healthcare preparedness planning needs at the local level and subsequently informed the collaborative development of several planning resources.

The Healthcare Preparedness Toolbox compiles these resources and provides community planners with an easy-to-use guide to enhance or develop community plans for medical surge. If you have suggestions to improve HPA tools or require additional technical assistance, please contact

Healthcare Preparedness Topics