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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Interim Secretary of Health

Emergency Operations Coordination

Emergency operations coordination regarding healthcare is the ability for healthcare organizations to engage with incident management at the Emergency Operations Center or with on-scene incident management during an incident to coordinate information and resource allocation for affected healthcare organizations. This is done through multi-agency coordination representing healthcare organizations or by integrating this coordination into plans and protocols that guide incident management to make the appropriate decisions. Coordination ensures that the healthcare organizations, incident management, and the public have relevant and timely information about the status and needs of the healthcare delivery system in the community. This enables healthcare organizations to coordinate their response with that of the community response and according to the framework of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

National Incident Management System (NIMS

All emergency preparedness and response efforts will be consistent with the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a structure for emergency responders at all levels to work together in a coordinated manner. The ability to coordinate using NIMS is essential for effectively managing a medical or public health emergency.

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