Health centers are a vital part of the health care safety net.  This role continues when communities face disasters and emergencies.  CHCs are expected to have in place an Emergency Preparedness Program that is responsive to the needs of patients and assessed risks, includes planning, provides training, maintains documentation, includes practice drills and collaborates with local emergency preparedness community leaders.  This program needs to align with CMS requirements and HRSA expectations.  Montana CHCs can contact state preparedness partners to be part of a emergency notification system, training updates and information on regional coalition activities.  MPCA will assist with education on basic requirement needs for CHCs.