Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Postal Service Operation Medicine Delivery Exercise Outcomes Summary

On May 5-6, 2012, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area conducted a major test of the National Postal Model for distribution of medicine to the public in an emergency, using U.S. Postal Service assets to supplement mass dispensing sites and other strategies. The May exercise, known as Operation Medicine Delivery, was the culmination of planning efforts that began in February 2004, with a memorandum of agreement signed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and the Postmaster General. Parties to the 2004 MOA agreed to make USPS resources available for distributing emergency medicine in response to a bioterrorist attack. A subsequent presidential executive order (December 2009) called for the development of a federal capability to distribute medical countermeasures (MCM) in response to a bioterrorist attack.

Potassium Iodide Use in Radiation Emergencies Guidance

The objective of this document is to provide guidance to other Federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and to state and local governments regarding the safe and effective use of potassium iodide (KI) as an adjunct to other public health protective measures in the event that radioactive iodine is released into the environment. The adoption and implementation of these recommendations are at the discretion of the state and local governments responsible for developing regional emergency response plans related to radiation emergencies.

Indian Health Service Emergency Management Plan for the National Patient Information Reporting System

The National Patient Information Reporting System (NPIRS) Emergency Management Plan (EMP) establishes procedures to recover NPIRS after a disruption. The following objectives have been established for this plan:

• Maximize the effectiveness of contingency operations through an established plan that consists of the following phases:
− Notification/Activation phase to detect and assess damage and to activate the plan
− Recovery phase to restore temporary NPIRS operations and recover damage done to the original system
− Reconstitution phase to restore NPIRS system processing capabilities to normal operations
• Identify the activities, resources, and procedures needed to carry out NPIRS processing requirements during prolonged interruptions to normal operations.
• Assign responsibilities to designated OIT/NPIRS personnel and provide guidance for recovering NPIRS during prolonged periods of interruption to normal operations.
• Ensure coordination with other OIT/NPIRS staff who will participate in the contingency planning strategies; ensure coordination with external points of contact and vendors who will participate in the contingency planning strategies.

Leftwing Extremists

This assessment examines the potential threat to homeland security from cyber attacks conducted by leftwing extremists, a threat that DHS/I&A believes likely will grow over the next decade. It focuses on the more prominent leftwing groups within the animal rights, environmental, and anarchist extremist movements that promote or have conducted criminal or terrorist activities (see Appendix). This assessment is intended to alert DHS policymakers, state and local officials, and intelligence analysts monitoring the subject so they can better focus their collection requirements and analysis.

HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan

This HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan provides a blueprint from which to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead of us. Being prepared and responding effectively involves everyone: individuals, communities, businesses, States, Federal agencies, international countries and organizations. Here at home, we can use this Plan to create a seamless preparedness network where we are all working together for the benefit of the American people.