Response Systems

Systems have been created for responding to emergencies. Learn about  health alerts; how to volunteer during an emergency (Minnesota Responds); how hospital beds and supplies are tracked (MNTRAC); register and take online courses (MN.TRAIN); and how medicines and supplies are requested, received and distributed through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program.

  • Behavioral Health
    A range of mental health and chemical abuse (behavioral health) problems may surface in the early stages of an emergency situation.  These may continue to emerge among the public and among professionals who respond to an event. Addressing these concerns improves the emergency response and the health of the whole community.

  • Health Alert Network
    Minnesota’s Health Alert Network (HAN) enables public health staff, tribal governments, health care providers, emergency workers, and others working to protect the public to exchange information during a disease outbreak, environmental threat, natural disaster, or act of terrorism.

  • Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps
    A partnership that integrates local, regional and statewide volunteer programs to assist the public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. Whether you are licensed or certified in a health field, active or retired, or a person with an interest in assisting in a health response, you can register on this site.

  • MNTrac Overview
    A database-driven, password-protected web application designed to track bed capacity, pharmaceuticals and resources from all hospitals within the state to support surge capacity needs. Hospital bed diversion status, emergency event planning, emergency communication and alert notifications are supported in real time.

  • MN.TRAIN Overview
    A password-protected, web-based learning management system designed for the continuing education of professionals who protect the public’s health, Minnesota course providers, local public health, hospitals, EMS and others.

  • Medical Countermeasures Dispensing
    During public health emergencies such as terrorist attacks or influenza outbreaks, the public health system’s ability to save lives could depend on dispensing medical countermeasures such as antibiotics, antiviral medications, and vaccines to a large number of people in a short amount of time. 

  • Minnesota Statewide Trauma System
    A comprehensive statewide trauma system has been responsible for increasing survival rates by 15 to 20 percent in states where it has been implemented.

  • Special Populations
    Emergency planning for groups whose needs are not fully addressed by traditional service providers or who feel they cannot comfortably or safely access and use the standard resources offered in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery.

  • Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
    Fact sheets, brochures and other documents on MDH SNS, regional pharmaceutical cache, CDC Strategic National Stockpile, and CDC SNS.
 


Updated Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 09:32AM