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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

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200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 638G

Washington, DC 20201

202-205-2882 (Voice),

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The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (formerly the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness) was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPRís National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.



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Date Entered: 10/17/2002
Date Edited: 9/10/2012
Date Revised: 8/2/2004
Health Referral Number: HR3560
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