The Secretary of Homeland Security recently announced that disaster preparedness grant dollars for the 2012 fiscal year were reduced by nearly $1 billion from last year. The total grant dollars for FY 2012 totals just over $1.3 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal.
According to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, “The FY 2012 homeland security grants are focused on mitigating and responding to the evolving threats we face while beginning to transition to the new vision set forth in the President’s FY 2013 Budget focused on building and sustaining the core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal.” This transition includes consolidating multiple, separate preparedness grant programs into a more streamlined model; addressing the core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal; and implementing a two year period of performance to put grant funding to work quickly.
Given limited resources, grantees are encouraged to utilize grant funding to maintain and sustain current capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts.
In order to maintain readiness objectives with reduced funding, hospitals are moving to regional models in which intraoperative planning documents, response capabilities, training and exercise initiatives, and equipment caches are created that can be shared and activated seamlessly. Putting such a system together requires private-public partnerships with a shared mission and response objectives.
DQE is uniquely positioned to help hospitals accomplish their goals because it has the unmatched experience, resources, and breadth of offerings that are tailored to regional preparedness. DQE has provided such services to many regions throughout the US. Contact us at 800-355-4628 to learn more.