Rebekah Hoffner, MS
Emergency Management Coordinator, Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital


Rebekah graduated from Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University) in 2015 with a Masters in Disaster Medicine and Management.


After two years of consulting for State and County Public Health Agencies through a private firm, she became the Emergency Management Coordinator at Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City in 2017. While she has only been in the Emergency Management industry for 4 years, she  brings with her a portfolio of experience in exercise design and execution, planning, and emergency management skills training.

Prior to joining the Emergency Management field, Rebekah served as a first responder (EMT-B) in Pennsylvania for over 4 years.


Reunification: The Perfect EM Buzzword

November 6, 2018

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Session Description

Reunification is a hot buzzword being thrown around in Emergency Management circles. It is a word that people love to interject into exercise design and planning process. But reunification, as a legitimate process, is complex and, in my opinion, misunderstood. Many of us in the Emergency Management world haven’t really thought beyond the word, and have not implemented nor practiced the process. We also lump the process directly in with Family Assistance, and then proceed to give neither a fair shake. Reunification is a highly important planning topic, particularly for a children’s hospital. The process can also vary greatly, dependent upon the location of reunification (i.e. a school vs. a hospital). In this presentation I will share how Primary Children’s has undertaken the process, by including our Family Support Services Department, how we have combined the Reunification and Family Receiving Center Plans into one. I will describe how the Primary Children’s Reunification plan was put into practice at a local elementary school, with multiple lessons learned, and what outcomes were achieved. 


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the hospital reunification process at Primary Children's

  • Define reunification, why it’s a buzzword we don't fully understand, and why it's a critical EM component

  • Learn about the reunification process in practice and discuss the outcomes (e.g., planning template)