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Galveston County
Regional Hospital Preparedness Council
News Release
Monday, September 26, 2011


On September 29th and 30th, the Regional Hospital Preparedness Council will be hosting a healthcare disaster planning symposium at the San Luis Resort and Hotel in Galveston, Texas. This symposium will bring together experts in the fields of emergency management, healthcare, and emergency medicine to share best practices and practical applications to improve disaster preparedness and resiliency in the healthcare setting.

W. Nim Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management will be on hand with City of Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworksi and Galveston County Judge Mark Henry to welcome guests and discuss the importance of strengthening the relationship between municipal and healthcare disaster preparedness partners. Workshops and breakout sessions will focus on topics like the deployment and coordination of a large emergency medical response to natural and manmade disasters, understanding the legal implications of operating in austere conditions, and developing incident specific response plans to ensure continued patient care during a crisis.

More than 130 participants representing the fields of public health, hospitals, emergency services, and government agencies are expected to attend this year’s event.

The Regional Hospital Preparedness Council (RHPC) is a non-profit 501c3 agency formed in 2002 with the mission of providing collaborative planning and response to emergencies, in a multi-disciplinary approach, and to preserve the medical infrastructure of the region. The council is comprised of hospitals, EMS agencies, offices of emergency management, and local and regional public health agencies in Southeast Texas. At the request of a jurisdictional authority, the Regional Hospital Preparedness Council will activate and staff the Catastrophic Medical Operations Center (CMOC) which serves as a regional healthcare coordination center.

For more information, please contact Robin Davis at

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