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Metrolina Preparedness

What We Do


The Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is dedicated to organizing individual healthcare assets through cooperative planning, information sharing and management coordination to ensure that healthcare organizations have the support they need to provide optimal care to western North Carolina residents and visitors.

Program Overview

The activities of the coalition are based upon annually-evaluated regional needs, the Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities developed by ASPR (Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response), and the North Carolina Office of EMS. Within the region, MAHPC is guided by an elected Steering Committee with additional input from 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 radios to all hospitals and EMS partners. All initiatives are funded through the ASPR Healthcare Preparedness Program an through in-kind support from our regional partners.

MAHPC strives to meet all disaster-related educational and training needs, including incident command system (ICS), hospital incident command system (HICS), disaster/mass casualty triage, facility evacuation, disaster medical care, decontamination, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster communications.