What is the Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition?

The Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition was established to build a strong collaborative of healthcare responders, receivers, and providers who will be enabled to effectively respond as a team to a disaster or significant crises having an impact on the health and medical needs of the million-plus population within Maryland Region V.

Which Counties makes up Region V?

Region V includes the counties of Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

What Services does the Coalition offer its members?

Access emergency preparedness expertise:

  1. Network with peers and essential contacts from other emergency management organizations
  2. Share information and enhance situational awareness
  3. Maintain a shared voice in developing cohesive region plans
  4. Attend training and exercise sessions
  5. Access emergency preparedness guidance, leading practices, and materials, including regional vulnerability assessments
  6. Obtain assistance from peers in federal regulatory and accreditation requirements
  7. Develop a shared understanding of local, regional, and state resources
  1. Utilize regional purchasing power

How does the coalition fund its activities?

The coalition receives Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding administered by Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Preparedness and Response from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR). These funds help the state and local government, healthcare coalitions, ESF#8 and other healthcare partners identify gaps in preparedness, determine specific gaps priorities, and develop plans for building and sustaining the 8 national healthcare specific capabilities. These activities support building community preparedness and resilient healthcare systems preparedness for all hazard events.

Who can join the Region V EPC?

The coalition is open to any agency or community organization interested in contributing to its mission which is to establish and promote healthcare system emergency preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities within Maryland Region V.

How can you join the coalition?

If interested in joining the coalition, please complete the membership application and check the events calendar for the next coalition meeting.

How often does the coalition meet?

Region V EPC meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 09:30 am. Meetings alternate between in-person or via teleconference. Please check the events calendar for the next meeting.

Is there a membership fee to join the coalition?

At this time, there shall not be any dues or fees to apply or maintain membership with the Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition. If in the future, federal grant funds are no longer available to the Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition, membership fees will be re-evaluated.

What is medical surge?

The capability to rapidly expand the capacity of existing healthcare system in order to provide triage and subsequent medical care.

What is Healthcare System Preparedness?

It’s the required steps for planning, equipping, training, exercising, and evaluating activities are defined by the objectives and supporting resources that are needed to be prepared. It is a continuous cycle to ensure effective coordination during incident response.

What type of activities has Region V provided?