Importance of collaboration with other agencies in disaster response

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When disasters strike that are so large that many jurisdictions are involved (cities, states, provinces, etc), the health sector needs to coordinate the health care organizations, personnel and physical assets (hospitals, labs, ambulances, etc) in such a manner that the most good is done with the available resources. This is a huge task.

Is this something that the health sector can do on its own, or does it need to collaborate with other kinds of agencies and services? If so, with whom, and how?  And, given that the health sector is almost never the lead agency in the IMS, how can the health sector coordinate without being the overall leader?

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