Using an academic multidisciplinary approach, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine aims to improve health system emergency preparedness, response and recovery by providing comprehensive emergency management consulting, planning, training, and exercise services, both in the United States and around the world.

Through a long history of response to emergency events and extensive involvement in community and regional planning, the Mass General CDM is uniquely poised to collaborate with hospitals of all sizes and patient populations, as well as members of all disciplines within the public health and healthcare sector to build capacity across the phases of the disaster cycle.

Among other services, the Mass General CDM assists organizations in the following areas of emergency preparedness:


  • Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
  • Strengthening of existing Emergency Management Programs
  • Incident Analysis and After Action Debriefing


  • Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Development
  • Incident Command System (ICS) Implementation
  • Hazard Specific Protocol Development
  • Incident Management Team (IMT) Organization
  • Incident Action Planning

Education and Training

  • Customizable and scalable training opportunities


  • Training and Exercise Planning Workshops (TEPW)
  • Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) Development
  • HSEEP-Compliant Exercise Design, Development, Conduct and Evaluation