We work with our member healthcare providers to ensure that if a disaster strikes, we all have the resources and tools to respond.
The Disaster Preparedness Coalition (DPC) is a multi-disciplinary group of agencies and organizations who collaborate in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, mass casualty incidents, public health emergencies, or other catastrophic incidents requiring a unified response. The DPC region encompasses southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana, enhancing the region’s ability to achieve emergency preparedness capabilities as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Charter and Organizational Chart
The goal of the DPC is to promote and enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of healthcare entities through:
- Building partnerships to support health preparedness within community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health networks
- Facilitating communication and information, as well as sharing resources and best practices
- Promoting situational awareness among DPC members
- Coordinating training, drills, and exercises, and strengthening medical surge capacity and capabilities
- Assisting emergency management and Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 partners
Membership in the DPC is open to all entities or individuals that agree to work collaboratively on healthcare preparedness and emergency response activities. For more information, contact Amber Antoni, Director of Regional Preparedness Coordination, or Sarah Moore, Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness and CCPS.
- Convening member involvement as they undertake regional exercises to test hospital readiness and identify where efforts should be focused to enhance our response capabilities.
- Coordinating federal grant dollars for hospitals in their preparation and planning efforts for disasters.
- Representing the hospitals in the region with other response partners such as EMA, Fire/EMS, Communications, Public Health, Homeland Security, and others. We hold a seat at both the Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Regional EOC during an emergency to support the hospitals in their response efforts.
- Coordinating mutual aid agreements among the hospitals for the sharing of resources and assets during a time of need.
- Storing and maintaining a regional cache of supplies and equipment to quickly augment the hospitals in the most extreme cases.
- Providing educational opportunities and open forums for discussion about safety and security, as well as occupational and environmental safety and health issues.
Various tools and resources are used to coordinate communication in the most timely and efficient manner possible:
- Disaster Net Radio – used to coordinate communications regarding the distribution of victims/patients in mass-casualty or hazardous materials situations in the most timely, systematic and efficient manner possible.
- SurgeNet (housed on this website; see banner at top of page) – used by hospitals to enter their capability for response, including Local Mass Casualty Incident (LMCI) and National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) data.
- OH Trac-Patient Tracking – statewide application used to track patients and assist with family reunification.
- MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System) – an 800 MHz radio and data network that utilizes state-of-the-art trunked technology to provide statewide interoperability in digital clarity to its subscribers throughout Ohio and a 10-mile radius outside of Ohio. The MARCS system provides statewide, secure, reliable public service wireless communication for public safety and first responders.
- Disaster Preparedness and Collaboration Portal – portal for sharing and accessing documents and resources.
Tristate Medical Reserve Corps
The local health district works with national, state and local governments and civic agencies to develop and coordinate disaster response for a variety of hazards – ranging from natural disasters to explosive, nuclear, biological and chemical terrorism. Volunteers are needed to provide assistance and depth to existing response teams. The Tristate Medical Reserve Corps (TMRC) is a volunteer group that brings health professionals and others together to support local public health and emergency medical services. The TMRC includes representatives from three states (Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana) and serves a 21-county region. Click here to listen to a recording of an interview from July 2017 on WVXU Cincinnati Edition about the Medical Reserve Corps. Our own Tristate Medical Reserve Corps Regional Director, Robin Thomas, and the Coordinator of the Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps, Jessica McElroy, discuss all things MRC and the important role of volunteers. For more information regarding the TMRC, contact Robin Thomas, Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the Health Collaborative, or call your local public health department and ask for the TMRC representative.
The NACCHO Exchange
The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to honor the MRC Network as it celebrates 15 years! The NACCHO Exchange Summer 2017 edition is devoted entirely to the Medical Reserve Corps and includes a sampling of the diverse initiatives of MRC units. The newsletter includes the following feature articles, as well as other useful information and resources:
- The Medical Reserve Corps – An Interview with Leaders Captain Rob Tosatto and Commander Skip Payne
- Assessing Climate Change and Health in New Orleans
- The MRC’s Role in Promoting Community Health and Preventing Chronic Disease
- Strengthening the Public Health Response Infrastructure by Empowering Community Partners and Volunteers
- Until Help Arrives: The MRC’s Role in Building Community Resiliency