The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the launch of the Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) system for first responders and other key emergency and disaster response personnel.
This system was developed with national experts to address the preparedness needs for public health emergencies and disaster situations. The system includes a library of pertinent subject matter and resources that highlight experiences and tools.
The system also offers a forum where users can share their experiences and acts as a platform for collaboration and discussion on pending and current health threats. The system's assistance center allows officials in state, local and tribal governments to connect with experts on various topics within the area of emergency and disaster response.
"Experience has shown that every disaster, large or small, has the potential to impact heath,” Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, said. “TRACIE can help health and emergency management officials across the country learn about, share and apply best practices and experiences before, during and after disasters to protect health and potentially save lives.”
This project was a collaboration of national, state and local government agencies to foster national health and response systems.