Hospital Preparedness & Response

Hospital emergency preparedness is critical to hospitals, their patients and the communities they serve. FAH serves as a liaison for its membership to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), among others. In this capacity, FAH diligently works to ensure our members have the necessary information to be prepared to respond to infectious disease (most recently COVID-19); natural and man-made disasters; acts of violence; and nuclear, biological, cyber and chemical attacks.

FAH works with its membership to employ state-of-the-art tools to identify and respond to possible threats to hospitals and their communities. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, FAH has worked closely with its membership, and in coordination with the U.S. Congress and administration, to ensure that hospitals have the resources necessary to provide quality care for patients during the public health emergency (PHE).

FAH members ensure the safety, stability and continuity of their hospital workforce and operations; obtain critical supplies and equipment (i.e., Personal Protective Equipment); and create additional infrastructure in order to prepare and respond to emergency situations.