Metrolina Preparedness

Dedicated to organizing healthcare assets through planning, information sharing and coordination to ensure that healthcare organizations have the support they need in order to provide health care to residents and visitors of western North Carolina.

What We Do

smat-matracThe Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is comprised of regional healthcare partners such as hospitals, EMS, public health, emergency management, public safety and other healthcare entities with the purpose of enhancing the ability of the region to be more resilient in a disaster. The coalition provides a forum for all partners who have a role in healthcare disaster planning, response, or mitigation to plan together. The MAHPC staff facilitate the planning initiatives with the coalition.

The activities of the Coalition are based upon the regional needs, the Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities developed by ASPR, and the North Carolina Office of EMS. Within the region, the Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is guided by the elected Steering Committee with additional input from the regional partners. Planning meetings are conducted regularly to provide an opportunity to share best practices, information and develop initiatives. Coalition activities have included annual regional exercises, coordination of education and training, development of decontamination capabilities within hospitals and EMS, and the provision of Viper Medical Network (VMN) radios to all hospital and EMS partners. All initiatives are funded through the ASPR Healthcare Preparedness Program Grant and through in-kind support from regional partners.