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Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response

The Express: August 2023

This issue of The Express highlights the following new and updated resources:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters recently increased the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season prediction to “above normal;please access our Hurricane Resources Page for related resources. Our Natural Disasters Topic Collection features fire/wildfire-specific sections on lessons learned and plans, tools, and templates that can help our audiences prepare and respond to similar situations. As always, we encourage you to reach out to ASPR TRACIE if you need technical assistance.

Health Care Facility Onboarding Checklist

During a pandemic or other emergency, health care facilities face significant challenges to quickly onboard additional health care providers when hospital admissions and intensive care units’ occupancy rapidly increase. The recently updated Health Care Facility Onboarding Checklist can help facilities ensure new employees are compliant with administrative requirements, familiar with the mission and culture of the hospital, and understand expectations. 

Mass Casualty Hospital Capacity Expansion Toolkit 

A concise, scalable surge response template can be a helpful quick reference to the hospital personnel tasked with expanding care capacity in the first hours of an incident and can minimize ad hoc and potentially conflicting decisions about prioritization of space and strategies. In the Mass Casualty Hospital Capacity Expansion Toolkit Demonstration, Dr. John Hick describes the toolkit and the process of completing each template. Check out the rest of the Health Care System Preparedness Considerations recordings for more lessons learned to bolster patient care and provider and system resilience. 

Impacts of Planned and Unplanned Power Disruptions on California's Public Health and Medical Systems (Key Takeaways)

Impacts of Planned and Unplanned Power Disruptions on California’s Public Health and Medical Systems summarizes key takeaways which, in addition to understanding power supply regulations in specific jurisdictions, can help health care emergency planners prepare facilities, staff, and patients for public safety power shutoffs and outages in general. Information was pulled from the speaker series recording, where six panelists from various public health departments and health care systems in California share their recent experiences.  

ASPR TRACIE is Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication

In September 2023, ASPR TRACIE will implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all registered users. MFA is a multi-step account login process that will require users to enter your password and a code sent to your email. This additional layer of security will help prevent unauthorized users from accessing accounts. If you have any questions or issues with login, please contact us. 

Updates from the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection

ASPR’s Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) offers a variety of newsletters to keep stakeholders informed during emergency response and steady state. The newsletters inform stakeholders of the most significant issues facing the health care and public health sector including cybersecurity, health care supply chains, and more. If you are interested in receiving CIP newsletters, visit the CIP newsletter subscription webpage.

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