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Emergency Management

North Shore-LIJ Health System’s ability to react to any emergency depends upon its willingness to act in a consolidated and coordinator manner. The health system’s Emergency Management program is responsible for that organized effort to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster. The goal of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our institutions from natural, technological, and man-made hazards.

The intent of the Emergency Management program is to ensure that all North Shore-LIJ sites maintain a safe and effective environment of care. This program continues to strengthen the four basic phases of comprehensive emergency management in and out of the health system:

  • Mitigation
    Mitigation refers to the activities that actually eliminate or reduce the chance of occurrence or the effects of a disaster within a health system facility.
     
  • Preparedness
    Preparedness is planning how the health system will respond in case a disaster or emergency occurs and working to increase the resources available within the system to respond effectively.
     
  • Response
    Response activities occur during and immediately following a disaster. These activities are designed to provide emergency assistance to facilities, victims or the community to reduce the likelihood of further impact from the event.
     
  • Recovery
    Recovery is assisting the facilities return to normal operating activities.
     

Emergency Operations Center

The North Shore-LIJ Emergency Operations Center is a robust facility furnished with the most up-to-date technology to support hospital preparedness, planning and response. Our Emergency Operations Center has been used during severe weather and national incidents, as well as for local events. The facility incorporates both security and situational awareness and is responsible for approximately 46,000 employees and 16 hospitals.

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