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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.  ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.



Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) supports state and local partners when requested, prepares the nation’s healthcare system, and connects people to real-time public health and medical emergency information. OEM’s programs and divisions come together to support HHS’ lead role in Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 of the National Response Framework (NRF), and for the Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function (RSF) of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).



Secretary’s Emergency Operations Center



Emergency Support Function #8



Hospital Preparedness Program