Issue Brief

Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic Call for Fresh Approach to Health Care Disaster Planning

Determining the most appropriate disaster response needed during and after a catastrophic event is critical. The pandemic demonstrated the incredible capabilities of our health care system, but it also drained significant resources from hospitals and providers. We must re-focus our health care dollars on the services that are essential during and after a disaster. The attached issue brief outlines steps toward a modern disaster response system.