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New York State emPOWER - Tools for Community Planning

Authors: Mathew Hay*, Health Research, Inc.
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Medical and Health Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: public health, Medicare, medical equipment, natural hazards, GIS, emergency management
Session Type: Poster
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Over 2.5 million U.S. Medicare beneficiaries rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment to live independently in their homes. Severe weather, natural hazards, and other emergencies, especially those with long power outages, can be life threatening for these individuals. Utilizing emPOWER data from Health and Human Services (HHS) gives New York State (NYS) public health officials and emergency managers the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, county, zip code, NYS region, and coalition. The NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) created an open-source application incorporating emPOWER data for its health emergency preparedness coalition (HEPC) partners. When combined with NYS health care facility data, and real-time severe weather and hazard maps, communities and agencies can anticipate and plan for the needs of this population during an emergency using the emPOWER application as a one-stop source of information.

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