Community and Migrant Health Centers in Washington State provide vital roles in the detection of and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases, natural disasters, or acts of terrorism. The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers is committed to supporting health centers to engage in preparation activities within their own organizations and to integrate into the plans of other community and regional response organizations. Our emergency preparedness support services help to ensure that health centers have access to training, technical assistance and the opportunity to network with peers.
WACMHC offers many supportive services including:
- Planning and executing conferences and workshops
- Providing consultation and technical assistance to the Department of Health, Washington State Hospital Association, and health centers for the purchase and delivery of equipment as well as further development of emergency plans
- Identifying emergency preparedness training opportunities for health center staff
- Serving as a liaison for members on committees, coalitions, and task forces with state and federal entities
- Sharing resources, tools, policies, and procedures through the web page toolbox
Active Shooter Awareness
The attached Active Shooter Policy document developed by Virginia Garcia Memorial Clinic in Oregon may be helpful to you as you review your Policy and Procedure. Another great resource is the Homeland Security Website.
Follow the link to access a short video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/oI5EoWBRYmo
Find emergency preparedness news and resources for communities, health centers and individuals:
FEMA FEMA's Are You Ready?
State of Washington Emergency Management Division
Department of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Stay Informed.
Find emergency preparedness information for Washington State
CDC: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Find resources and information to help you prepare for and respond to
National Disasters & Severe Weather
Recent Outbreaks & Incidents
Resources for Clinicians
Resources for Healthcare Facilities
Emergency Preparedness Staff Contact:
WACMHC staff is available to help Washington's community clinics and health centers in their emergency planning & preparation efforts.
For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please contact:
Gretchen O'Connor, MA
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Phone: 360-786-9722, Ext. 234