Emergency Preparedness

GHA’s Emergency Preparedness program assists hospitals with coordination and planning efforts in the event of a regional disaster. These efforts are supported by task forces, communication conduits and regional coordinating hospitals.

Record Numbers Attend the March Mutual Aid Task Force Meeting 

GHA hosted the Mutual Aid Task Force meeting on Friday, March 30 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.  A record 130 attendees, representing health care and community emergency preparedness partners from across the state were there to learn and collaborate.

Several of the transport buses were available for a tour during the meeting. These vehicles are housed across the state and used when evacuation and other related events take place.

Presentations shared during the meeting are available on the GHA911 Meeting Calendar under the 3/30/18 date at this link.

The next MATF meeting will take place on June 15 in Bay B at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. An RSVP notice will be sent in advance of the meeting. 

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GHA's Emergency Preparedness Director Appears on Top Docs Radio Show

Adrianne Feinberg, the director of emergency preparedness for the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), discussed the steps that hospitals in the state have taken to prepare for and respond to emergencies when she appeared on the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program that aired at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Georgia has demonstrated that it is now prepared to respond to a variety of disasters in a coordinated way, including the coastal evacuation that took place in conjunction with Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in 2017, and tornadoes, shooting events, utility outages, and more. Click here to listen to the program.

The GHA911 website helps Georgia hospitals, as well as local and state agencies, keep informed of vital news and information related to disaster readiness. The site offers tools and resources to assist hospitals in their disaster preparedness and mutual aid planning, including documentation of resource availability and allocation. For Emergency Preparedness information, please go to www.gha911.org.

The Regional Coordinating Hospital (RCH) system provides a coordinated response to emergency events. Georgia’s 14 RCHs lead their respective areas in planning and conducting exercises to test the responsiveness of their regions.

The Specialty Coordinating Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, helps facilitate assistance for the pediatric health care population throughout Georgia.

Additionally, RCHs coordinate patient transfers and other essential services during an incident. They serve as facilitators and advocate for the affected organization related to its needs during an emergency. For more information, please go to GHA911. Check the calendar for future meetings and documents for Regional Coordinating Hospital Resources.