The TRACIE system allows users to discuss, collaborate, and share information about pending health threats and actual health impacts of disasters.
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When a disaster looms—or strikes—it can help to get advice from someone who’s already been through something similar. That’s the underlying premise of the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), a system designed to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.
TRACIE features a “living library” of resource materials, help line, “just-in-time” suggestions, and tools to share information “gleaned from real-life experiences,” according to HHS. The system also offers a comprehensive national knowledge center and multiple ways to share information among federal, state, and local officials.
State, tribal, local, and territorial officials can consult subject-matter experts on subjects that range from assessing a hospital’s emergency readiness to lessons learned about delivering dialysis care during disasters, as well as training in preparedness, response, and recovery. In the information exchange, users can discuss, collaborate, and share information about pending and actual health threats and exchange templates, plans, and other materials.