Metrolina Preparedness

Facilitating coordination and cooperation throughout the Southeast region so partners can mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergent health and medical events.

What We Do

The Southeastern Healthcare Preparedness Region (SHPR) is comprised of partners such as hospitals, EMS, public health, emergency management, public safety and other healthcare entities with the purpose of enhancing the ability of the region to be more resilient in a disaster. The coalition provides a forum for all partners who have a role in healthcare disaster planning, response, or mitigation to plan together. The SHPR staff facilitate the planning initiatives with the coalition.

The activities of SHPR are based upon the regional needs, the Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities developed by ASPR, and the North Carolina Office of EMS. Within the region, the SHPR is guided by the elected Steering Committee with additional input from the regional partners. A quarterly planning meeting is conducted to provide an opportunity to share best practices, information and develop initiatives. Coalition activities have included annual regional exercises, coordination of education and training, development of decontamination capabilities within hospitals and EMS, and the provision of VMN radios to all hospital and EMS partners. All initiatives are funded through the ASPR Healthcare Preparedness Program Grant and through in-kind support from regional partners.