US Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response  (ASPR)
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. See
website: *http://www.phe.gov*

======== OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
(ASPR)
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 The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response  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 ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment
state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.

Under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act [1], HHS is the lead
agency for the National Response Framework  (NRF) [2] for Emergency
Support Function 8 (ESF).  The Secretary of HHS delegates to ASPR the
leadership role for all health and medical services support function in a
health emergency or public health event. See: http://www.phe.gov

[1] http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/legal/pahpa/Pages/default.aspx
[2] http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/support/emergencypreparedness/Pages/defa...