Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition

HERC provides consultation and training to healthcare organizations and coalitions to assist with their emergency preparedness initiatives. Our services include a unique combination of coalition-building, training, disaster drills, and other value-added services through the sharing of best practices. HERC’s focus is to enhance and improve all hazards community preparedness activities by sharing expertise and coalition development sustainment strategies and engaging partners through risk assessment, hazard vulnerability analysis, training and exercises.


HERC can provide consulting to share expertise in coalition performance including communications, risk assessment, situational awareness, structure, partnerships, multidisciplinary training and exercises, coordination for multi-agency response, and resources & assets.

HERC offers a unique combination of best practice sharing, training and exercise need fulfillment, and overall healthcare emergency management support.

Coalition Building

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Provide the framework needed to bring together the healthcare community to work in partnership with response agencies.


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Disaster Preparedness Training

Facilitate disaster preparedness training like Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Level C Training.


Provide Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard 40 hour training to workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.


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Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Workshop

Facilitate a discussion-based exercise with stakeholders with the purpose of designing a product i.e. Coalition, HICS with Table top exercise, continuity of operations plans, or mutual aid agreements.

HSEEP Functional Exercise (FSE)

Facilitate a FSE which are typically focused on exercising plans, policies, procedures, and staff members involved in management, direction, command, and control functions.

HSEEP Full Scale Exercise (FSX)

Facilitate a FSX which are typically the most complex and resource-intensive and involve multiple agencies, organizations, and jurisdictions, and validate many facets of preparedness. They often include many players operating under cooperative systems such as the Incident Command System (ICS) or Unified Command.

HSEEP Table Top Exercise (TTX)

Facilitate a TTX which is intended to generate discussion of various issues regarding a hypothetical, simulated emergency. They can be used to enhance general awareness, validate plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and/or assess the types of systems needed to guide the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from a defined incident.

Conference Topic

Provide education and training on a local, state or national level on an array of disaster preparedness topics.

For more information, please contact John James at 561-433-3940 Ext. 17 or send an email.

Our Mission

To develop and promote the healthcare emergency preparedness, response and recovery capabilities of Palm Beach County, Florida.

Our Purpose

Provide a forum for the healthcare community to interact with one another and other response agencies at the county, regional, and state levels to promote emergency preparedness.

Coordinate and improve the delivery of healthcare emergency response services.

Foster communication between local, regional, and state entities on community-wide emergency planning, response, and recovery.

Ensure overall readiness through coordination of community-wide training and exercises.

Promote preparedness in the healthcare community through standardized practices and integration with other response partners.

HERC is a program of the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services