Pursuant to Section 943.0312, Florida Statutes, Florida created seven Regional Domestic Security Taskforces (RDSTF) who collectively support preparing for, preventing, protecting against, responding to, and recovering from a terrorism event. The Miami-Dade County Hospital Preparedness Consortium (MDCHPC), a part of Region VII Domestic Security Taskforce (RDSTF), formed in March 2006, is a forum of healthcare organizations and supporting agencies committed for mutual collaboration to address healthcare emergency preparedness and response capabilities.
The purpose is to develop & maintain a comprehensive system that assures effective communication, strategic attainment and management of resources, and collaborative planning in response to emergencies. Our response to challenges locally, regional, and statewide is an illustration of the importance of the mission of the Consortium in building disaster resiliency.
Public health preparedness is a concern for hospitals everywhere—Miami-Dade County is no exception. Our community depends on hospitals to be prepared to deal with all types of events that can affect our county. The MDCHPC convenes to prepare and plan for hurricanes, bioterrorism attacks, pandemic influenza, and other emergency events and acts as a liaison with county officials—reaching out to regional and state officials in articulating and advocating strategic priorities as they relate to disaster management.
HOSPITAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Pursuant to the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 amendment of section 319 C-2 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, eligible entities have been awarded competitive grants or cooperative agreements to enable such entities to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies. Florida hospitals receiving these disaster preparedness contracts from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), commonly known as ASPR contracts due to their funding source, are offered annually to hospitals by their Regional Domestic Security Taskforce (RDSTF).
The MDCHPC website provides information and resources to help the healthcare community improve on existing preparation efforts, and to assist in addressing emerging areas of preparedness concerns.