HHS offers guidance on how to provide care to the homeless during disasters

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released new guidance to help healthcare organizations provide care to homeless individuals in advance of a disaster. The "toolkit" offers practical information that clinicians can use to facilitate pre-disaster coordination planning, disaster response and recovery. It's centered on four areas, including: needs identification and assessment; prevention of hospital system surge and coordination of care; medical capacity available for ready mobilization in disasters; and, information and education resources. Guidance.(.pdf)