Author Affiliations: Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Torrance, California (Drs Kaji and Lewis); The South Bay Disaster Resource Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance (Dr Kaji); and University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, Orange (Dr Koenig).
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, substantial resources have been devoted to improving disaster preparedness in the United States, with an emphasis on mitigating terrorist threats. Adequate preparedness can only be achieved with a comprehensive approach that connects local, state, and federal programs. At the local level, planning should include all critical disaster health care resources, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, alternate care facilities, public health departments, and emergency medical services systems.1
Kaji AH, Koenig KL, Lewis RJ. Current Hospital Disaster Preparedness. JAMA. 2007;298(18):2188-2190. doi:10.1001/jama.298.18.2188