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Disaster Preparedness and Response

San Antonio Leads the Way in Whole Blood

San Antonio paramedics are now carrying whole blood on their ambulances, making it the first large metropolitan area to do so. Research predicts 200 residents could be saved with whole blood in the next year KSAT recently reported that seven San Antonio Fire Department ambulances are now equipped with high-tech coolers and warmers allowing them to…

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RAC R Trains 700 at Santa Fe ISD to Stop the Bleed!

Member Spotlight: East Texas Gulf Coast RAC In 2016, the East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Trauma Advisory Council (RAC-R) committed grant funds to purchase Stop the Bleed Kits to place with every AED throughout the schools in their region. EMS providers and hospitals began reaching out to the superintendents of the school districts to offer…

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DSHS Releases Hurricane Harvey After Action Report

The Department of State Health Services has released their Hurricane Harvey After Action Report (AAR). The AAR for Hurricane Harvey reflects a post-incident review of state-level public health and medical preparedness and response activities.  The report is an assessment of areas of success and those requiring improvement and will guide future hurricane and disaster resource needs, protocols, planning,…

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House Appropriations Committee Reviews Impact of Hurricane Harvey

The House Appropriations Committee met yesterday to examine the use of federal funds by state agencies responding to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and identify opportunities to maximize the use of federal funds to reduce the impact of future natural disasters. The committee has also been tasked with identifying the need for state resources to…

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ASPR Updates Guidance on EMTALA & Disasters

The United States Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has recently updated their fact sheet on EMTALA and disasters. EMTALA is a federal law that requires all Medicare-participating hospitals with emergency departments to to treat all individuals that come to the ED regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.…

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Texas HHS Posts Hurricane Harvey Presentations

The Texas Health & Human Services Commission has posted several new presentations related to Hurricane Harvey: Hurricane Harvey Evacuation and Impacts to the State Operated Facilities Hurricane Harvey Disaster SNAP Hurricane Harvey Response: Long-term Care Facility Evacuations

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Texas Legislature Examining Hurricane Harvey Response

The Texas legislature is currently examining several interim charges related to disaster preparedness and the response to Hurricane Harvey. Interested stakeholders can learn more on our Advocacy Page or by joining the TETAF Legislative Workgroup. On Wednesday, Nov 8, the Senate Health & Human Services Committee will meet in Austin to review the state’s response to…

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