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HHS dis­trib­utes $352 mil­lion in pre­pared­ness grants to hos­pi­tals across the coun­try.

In­di­vid­ual hos­pi­tals and health­care sys­tems in each of the 50 states were pro­vided a por­tion of $352 mil­lion in HHS grants to im­prove their disas­ter plan­ning and re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The grants will fund plan­ning and ex­er­cises for a va­ri­ety of emer­gency re­sponses, such as evac­u­at­ing fa­cil­i­ties, shel­ter­ing pa­tients and staff in place, and man­ag­ing mass fa­tal­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, the funds will al­low hos­pi­tals to stock­pile caches of emer­gency phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. The grants are is­sued through the fed­eral Hos­pi­tal Pre­pared­ness Pro­gram, which was launched in 2002.

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