The Mid-South Emergency Planning Coalition represents a partnership between healthcare facilities in a six-county region of West Tennessee, East Arkansas, and North Mississippi. Coalitions in Tennessee are alighedn with eight Emergency Medical Services regions that work on planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercising, and evaluating systems' preparedness.
The Coalition’s primary function is to work as a regional unit to create and implement effective frameworks to respond to local emergency incidents and public health issues that affect the residents of Shelby, Tipton, Faytte, and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and DeSoto County, Mississippi.
To achieve this, the Coalition uses grant funds to identify healthcare emergency preparedness needs for the community and sets goals in which to meet those needs. As partners, the Coalition members work together on community hazard assessments, drills, exercises, resource sharing, and acquiring equipment and technology that can better serve them as healthcare providers and emergency responders.
Hospital members of the Coalition include:
Baptist Women’s and Pediatrics
Lauderdale Community Hospital
Methodist Olive Branch
St. Francis Bartlett
St. Francis Memphis
Memphis Mental Health Institute
Other Coalition members include representatives from the following industries:
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Emergency management organizations
Public health agencies
Specialty patient referral centers
Behavioral health services & organizations
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
Home health agencies
Local chapters of health care professional organizations
Outpatient health care delivery centers
Schools & universities
Skilled nursing, nursing, and long-term care facilities