Disaster and public health preparedness are concerns for hospitals and healthcare agencies everywhere in the nation, and Miami-Dade County is no exception. With a population of almost 3 million residents and visitors and over 30 hospitals located in Miami-Dade County, preparation is paramount to ensuring the health and well-being of our community.
Our community depends on hospitals to be prepared to deal with all types of events that can impact our county. Some events are familiar, such as hurricanes, while others are new, such as a pandemic influenza. Failure to be prepared can result in adverse health effects on our community. Hospitals, however, cannot do this on their own. In recognition of this, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County sponsors the Miami-Dade County Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (MDCHPC), formerly known as the Miami-Dade County Hospital Preparedness Consortium. The MDCHPC provides a forum for uniting hospitals with other community stakeholders to address healthcare emergency preparedness and response capabilities of healthcare facilities in Miami-Dade County.
This website provides information and resources to help hospitals, healthcare partners, and community stakeholders to improve on existing preparation efforts, and to assist our healthcare community in developing new plans to address emerging areas of concern.