The state of Maryland is divided into five recognized Health and Medical Regions. Region IV encompasses the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which includes the following counties: Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester. The Eastern Shore is vast in its total overall land mass, and is geographically separated from the remainder of Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River. It has a population of more than 440,000, and faces significant population increases during the summer tourist season. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is part of the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes the nine counties named above, as well as most of the state of Delaware and the Eastern Shore counties of Virginia. Cecil County, the northernmost county in Region IV, borders the State of Pennsylvania to the north.
The Delmarva Regional Healthcare Mutual Aid Group (DRHMAG) is the designated Region IV healthcare preparedness coalition, as recognized by the Maryland Department of Health and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).The HPP provides leadership and funding through grants and cooperative agreements to States, territories, and eligible municipalities to improve surge capacity and enhance community and healthcare systems preparedness for public health emergencies. DRHMAG supports the goals and objectives of HPP by fostering and maintaining close relationships among healthcare partners within Maryland, as well as in the bordering states.
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is subject to a variety of natural and man-made hazards, including severe weather events, active assailant and hazardous materials incidents. That being said DRHMAG works together with our partners to be prepared when an incident occurs.
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