Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives

PrepareIowa Home

Welcome to the Iowa Healthcare Coalitions Information Sharing Platform

The goal of the Healthcare CoalitionsĀ is to develop and sustain an integrated public health and healthcare system including EMS to support ESF-8 Public Health and Medical Services response within a service area to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents that impact the health of the public including those with special needs.


This site is a structured organization tree of agencies involved in Iowa Healthcare Coalitions, intended to facilitate communication between partner members and with the general public.

Many parts of the site require registration, approval and membership in individual groups and spaces within the site.

Spaces are places of collaboration for approved members.

Please use the list below to overview the layout and navigate to individual spaces.