Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Samaritan Health Services works with local, county and state agencies to ensure that we are prepared to effectively respond before, during and after a community emergency/disaster. Our primary goal is to obtain a level of preparedness that allows us to rapidly respond to emergencies and minimize serious illnesses in our community.

Each Samaritan-affiliated hospital has plans for pandemic flu response, surge capacity, earthquake/tsunami, and other hazards that our communities may experience. These plans are developed in coordination with county emergency management and health departments and are dynamic and interactive to meet various levels of response.

To remain consistent with national standards of planning and response, Samaritan uses the Incident Command System (ICS) to train and manage response efforts. Staff members are trained and equipped to implement the ICS system as they switch from day-to-day operations to disaster response operations.

As a community leader, Samaritan continues to invest the time and funding to ensure adequate preparations are in place for each hospital. As a state leader, Samaritan hosts the six-county Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Hospital Preparedness Region.