2012 Disaster Summit
CHPTER Hosts Disaster Summit: On July 16, 2012, CHPTER hosted a summit in partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the SC Emergency Management Division (SC EMD). The purpose of the conference was to evaluate and identify key emergency preparedness issues that place South Carolina patients, care providers and health care systems at risk during a disaster. Conferees included some of the region’s top experts and emergency preparedness stakeholders. Via anonymous, simple majority voting during the conference, conferees were able to approve 21 priorities and policies under four critical focus areas:
- Educating Leaders about the Link between Health Security and Homeland Security
- Addressing the Unfunded Mandate of Patient Surge and its impact on Emergency Health Systems
- Preparing All Patient Care Providers
- Fostering Community Based Preparedness Partnerships to Enhance Regional Health Security
We believe these focus areas and their corresponding policy recommendations form a blueprint to improve disaster preparedness and save lives in our region. We also believe these focus areas can be addressed by the appointment of a non-partisan Task Force, along the lines endorsed by the conferees, and strongly encourage its development and implementation by state leaders.