Medical products distributors play a pivotal role in emergency preparedness. Distributors are essential support for healthcare’s first responders during natural disasters, biological events and other adverse scenarios.

HIDA sits on the  Department of Homeland Security's Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC). Created by a presidential directive, the HSCC includes nearly 120 organizations that work to ensure the continuity of the U.S. healthcare system in emergency situations. The HSCC assists in creating and updating America’s National Response Plan and National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Additionally, HIDA works to:

  • Create government partnerships that foster coordination between medical products distributors and federal stakeholders, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Facilitate working relationships between members and other industry stakeholder organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the Red Cross and the Joint Commission.
  • Provide information and resources to distributors, healthcare providers and others. Resources include a listing of scenario-specific medical products and supplies, state emergency contacts, and emergency preparedness planning guides.

For more information, contact the Government Affairs team, (703) 549-4432 or hidagovaffairs@hida.org.

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HIDA Zika Virus Resource Center
HIDA Ebola Resource Center
CDC Information on 2014 Ebola Outbreak
Healthcare Resources for Suspected Cases of Ebola Virus Disease (pdf)
CDC Hospital Ebola Preparedness Checklist (pdf)
HIDA Seasonal Flu Vaccine Supply + Brief

Public Health and Pandemic

Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Operations Center (SOC)
Department of Commerce Study: Reliance of Foreign Sourcing in Healthcare (pdf)
HIDA Emergency/Pandemic Preparedness Planning Guide (pdf)
Healthcare and Public Health Sector Information
Healthcare and Public Health Sector Committee Membership

State and Local Information

Flu.gov State and Local Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (pdf)
CDC Public Health Resources: State or Territorial Health Departments
CDC Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local and Tribal Public Health Directors (pdf)
State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management (FEMA)

National Resources

FDA Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
CDC Strategic National Stockpile