Emergency Management Preparedness Resource - HHS emPower Map 3.0

PUBLISHED: Jul 11, 2018
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

emPOWER Map 3.0 is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that provides dynamic data and mapping tools to help communities protect the health of Medicare beneficiaries who live independently and rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment and health care services.

HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code. When combined with real-time severe weather and hazard maps, communities can easily anticipate and plan for the needs of this population during an emergency.

Millions of Medicare beneficiaries rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment, such as ventilators, to live independently in their homes. Severe weather and other emergencies, especially those with long power outages, can be life-threatening for these individuals. The emPower Map 3.0 tool is an excellent resource for health care organizations as they work to coordinate their emergency preparedness responsibilities throughout their communities.

According to ASPR, since 2013, the emPower map has aided communities in all 50 states and 5 territories to strengthen emergency preparedness and take action to protect at-risk populations throughout incidents, public health emergencies, and disasters.

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