The DPH Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) is responsible for the development and implementation of the state's public health emergency plan and initiatives. The office ensures compliance with all state and federal mandates with respect to preparedness and response, and directs department operations during emergencies. The office identifies and secures grants that strengthen the state's public health preparedness. These efforts include administering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and the Hospital Preparedness Program cooperative agreements.
Deployment of the Strategic National Stockpile, Mobile Field Hospital, Mass Casualty Trailers, Mass Casualty Management, City Readiness Initiative, Health-Related Nuclear Emergency Response, Medical Reserve Corps, Mass Fatality Management and Disaster Medical Assistance Team are managed and coordinated through OPHPR. Statewide public health and healthcare communications are coordinated by OPHPR in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS). OPHPR partners with DEMHS and the Military Department for the New England Disaster Training Center, a training facility that offers unique hands-on training focused on preparing civilian and military disaster responders.
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