The purpose of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is to enhance the ability of hospitals and health care systems to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Program priority areas include:
Interoperable communication systems
National Incident Management System compliance and training
Mass fatality management planning and hospital evacuation
During the past five years HPP funds have also improved:
Medical surge capacity and resources
Drills and exercises
Hospitals, outpatient facilities, health centers, poison control centers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and other healthcare partners work with the appropriate state or local health department to acquire funding and improve healthcare system preparedness through this program.