Post-Katrina Momentum for Public Health and Medical Disaster Preparedness is at Risk
Key Symptoms Observed
1. Medical Preparedness Efforts Limited to Public Health Agencies and Hospitals 2. Decline in Federal Funds for Health and Medical Preparedness Efforts 3. Challenges to Road and Utilities Infrastructure in the Event of a Disaster
Louisiana Hospital Preparedness Program Grant Funding has decreased 56% since FY 2006 22 Hospitals Engaged in Region 2 Preparedness Planning Only 4 Points of Access Into District Hospitals and Emergency Rooms
The preparedness network needs long-term funding and expanded engagement to ensure district- and community-scale resilience against unforeseen events.