Who We Are
The Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition includes over 80 healthcare agencies in the 17 westernmost counties (including EBCI) of North Carolina, and is one of eight coalitions in the state developed to aid in regional disaster preparedness and response. Over the past several years, in preparation for disastrous events, Coalition members have collaborated to train response personnel and build a large cache of medical-response supplies and equipment.
The 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.
MAHPC is also part of North Carolina’s State Medical Response System (SMRS) – a system of community-response partners including public health, Emergency Medical Services, long-term care, community healthcare centers, hospitals, State Medical Assistance Teams (SMAT), and the Mountain Region Medical Reserve Corps (MRMRC).