The Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council coordinates regional healthcare preparedness planning efforts among a 27-county region that includes the areas of Texas Trauma Service Areas F and G. The coalition works closely with a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, local and state public health entities, local and state emergency management, and other key response agencies, including:
- Childcare providers (Day care centers)
- Community Response Teams (CERT)
- City and county emergency management agencies
- Dialysis Centers
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Home Health agencies
- Hospitals (acute care, trauma, burn, pediatric, and rehabilitation)
- Infrastructure companies (utility and communications)
- Long-Term care, skilled care, and assisted living facilities
- Public Safety agencies
- Public Health agencies
- Primary care providers specializing in pediatric and women’s issues
- Non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and those active in disaster (VOADS) (i.e. Salvation Army, Red Cross, etc)
- and much more!
Joining our preparedness efforts ensures your organization is included in our network and supports your community’s resiliency and recovery.
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Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is the only source of federal funding for healthcare system readiness. HPP prepares the healthcare system to save lives through the development of regional Healthcare Coalitions (HCC). HCC’s are groups of healthcare and response organizations that collaborate to prepare for and respond to medical surge events. HCC’s incentivize diverse and often competitive healthcare organizations to work together to enhance the ability of the healthcare system to prepare for the health and medical emergencies that arise during disasters. The primary focus is building a coalition of healthcare agencies that through networking, planning, and coordination to build a regional preparedness strategy.
- Networking – building relationships within in each zone to give each agency a clear understanding of the people available to help during a disaster.
- Planning – Utilizing the network of partners to find transportation, food, and other resources need for agency survival during an incident. Each facility should be self-sufficient during an incident that occurs within their facility.
- Coordination – The Regional Advisory Council also known as the RAC will serve as a hub during an incident.
- Information sharing – This includes gathering data for the State Medical Operations Center from regional agencies, notifications as needed to partners in healthcare and emergency management.
- Regional Communication tool support
- WebEOC – Computer-based information sharing based in the cloud that allows local jurisdictions to give updates, request resources and track the events across the state.
- EMResource – Reporting software that allows the region and if needed the state to track available beds for mass patient evacuations.
- Everbridge-Mass Notification System used to mobilize resources in a huge way.
In addition the Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) component has been organized to allow for deployment of regional resources in the event of activation by the State Medical Operations Center (SMOC).