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Public Safety Officials and Healthcare Professionals Discuss Lessons Learned From Hurricane Harvey and Mass Casualty Events Here and Abroad

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 Public Safety Officials and Healthcare Professionals Discuss Lessons Learned From Hurricane Harvey and Mass Casualty Events Here and Abroad


(HOUSTON, TX) – World renowned health professionals, security experts and first responders from around the world will share experiences and lessons learned from recent disasters and mass casualty incidents at the 2017 Annual Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (RHPC) Symposium, hosted by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.


“Every year, this symposium provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn about disaster response from experts involved in recent large-scale incidents,” said SETRAC Chief Executive Officer Darrell Pile. “Events like these help us gain new insights, explore innovative tools and techniques, and share best practices among peers.”


More than 400 health care professionals, first responders, emergency managers, and government officials will attend the three-day event at the Galveston Island Convention Center, October 11-13.


Symposium presenters will discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey, the Paris, France terrorist attacks, the Thailand bombings, emerging technologies and threats, health care preparedness and disaster readiness, hospital security and more. According to symposium organizers, disasters and mass casualties can occur anywhere, at any time and this event addresses critical issues that have occurred and/or those that could potentially affect our region.


“It is crucial that we have plans in place to address these and other issues that can devastate our communities,” said SETRAC Regional Director of Emergency Management Operations Lori Upton. “It is also important to establish relationships with the people you will be working with in advance of a crisis, so never pass up an opportunity to meet them and establish lines of communication.”


In addition to the learning sessions, the symposium will feature exhibits with a wide variety of healthcare technology and products.  Response assets on display will include the American Medical Response-Water Rescue Boat, Atascocita Fire Department Medical Unit Rehab Crew Trailer, Galveston Fire Department Dive Truck, Harris County Public Health Command Vehicle, and Houston Fire Department Ambus.


SETRAC and RHPC are committed to working with local partners to build strong disaster medical response capabilities that will be critical in future response and recovery efforts.




SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) has two separate missions which are the Hospital Preparedness Program and clinical service lines. SETRAC prepares our 25 county region for manmade or natural emergencies, disasters and mass casualty events.  Trauma, stroke, cardiac and pediatric service lines focus on establishing protocols and standards of care to deliver our community the appropriate care through the appropriate facilities with the appropriate care givers. 


Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (RHPC) is the preparedness committee of SETRAC. RHPC provides collaborative planning and response to emergencies, and preserves the medical infrastructure of the region.


Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has a mission to improve the health and well-being of Texans. DSHS envisions a healthy Texas, ensuring strategic and operational goals that cover prevention and preparedness of the public from health threats.


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