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Domestic Preparedness:
Training Opportunities

  • The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering a free online course, Health in Humanitarian Crises. The course, which starts Feb. 6, 2017, lasts for three weeks, and will require approximately four hours of work per week. The course will answer questions such as:

    • What are the key health needs in humanitarian crises?
    • How can we develop responses to health needs in humanitarian settings with maximum impact?
    • How will we respond to health needs in the future?

    The course will be particularly relevant to healthcare practitioners and NGO staff, especially those in low- and middle-income countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. It will also be valuable to individuals studying health or development and to anyone with an interest in the challenges of delivering healthcare in a crisis setting. Learn more about the course and how to register.

  • The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA. Learn more.

    The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:
    • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
    • U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergenciess. This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
    • Information Roles in Disaster Management. This course presents current research findings on librarians' roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

    Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

    • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction. This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
    • IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
  • SALT Mass Casualty Triage Online Training (10/31/16) This training takes about 25 minutes to complete. Mass casualty triage is a critical skill. Although many systems exist to guide providers in making triage decisions, there is little scientific evidence available to demonstrate that any of the available systems have been validated. Furthermore, in the United States there is little consistency from one jurisdiction to the next in the application of mass casualty triage methodology. There are no nationally standardized categories or color designations. SALT Triage is the product of a CDC Sponsored working group to propose a standardized triage method. The guideline, entitled SALT (sort, assess, life-saving interventions, treatment and/or transport) triage, was developed based on the best available science and consensus opinion. It incorporates aspects from all of the existing triage systems to create a single overarching guide for unifying the mass casualty triage process across the United States. SALT is compliant with the Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Triage currently contemplated as the proposed national standard for all mass casualty triage systems.
  • The National Library of Medicine has developed a series of courses with an emphasis on disaster health information. Two updated courses are now available. These courses meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, as well as core competencies for public health professionals and others through the Public Health Foundation’s learning management system, TRAIN. By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.
    • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics. This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. This self-paced course introduces key sources from the National Library of Medicine, federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information are covered.
    • CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives): Health Information Resources. This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of National Library of Medicine resources and tools that provide health-related information to support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.
  • National Ebola Training & Education Center (NETEC) Schedules Fall 2016 Courses. Download flyer with details on emerging infectious disease preparedness training.
  • DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Office for Bombing Prevention, Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) courses provide general awareness level counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) information to a broad audience through an on-line virtual training experience with a live instructor. Perfect for participants with time availability constraints, they can be taken as stand-alone courses or serve as prerequisites for many of the instructor-led courses provided by the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP).
  • Bomb Threat Training Video. In partnership with local DHS Protective Security Advisor Marty Smith, UCF developed training for employees that teaches them the right steps to help law enforcement catch the people who call in threats. The video, now available online, trains those who receive a threat to react calmly, gather important information, and then report the situation to police. “The partnership in creating this video is a good example of how we make our nation more secure and resilient, one community at a time,” said Suzanne Spaulding, DHS Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. “By combining the expertise of the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention with the knowledge and understanding at the university, we can now put the best information into the hands of those across the nation who might be called upon to take action in the event of a bomb threat.”
  • Catalog of Federally Sponsored Counter-IED Training and Education Resources for State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial Partners (DHS, Oct 2015) The DHS Office for Bombing Prevention, in collaboration with the Federal Interagency Joint Program Office for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), just released the Catalog of Federally Sponsored Counter-IED Training and Education Resources for State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial Partners (attached). The Catalog identifies IED preparedness training and education resources that are provided directly by the Federal Government, or that are Federally sponsored but delivered through a partner organization, such as the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. Courses listed in each catalog are grouped by course level - awareness, performance, or management-levels. For each course listed, the Catalogs provide a brief description of the course, the intended audience, delivery mechanism, course length, and information about how to request or schedule the course. These resources may also be listed in other catalogs maintained by individual Federal agencies or partner organizations.
  • Ebola Preparedness Course, Nov. 2-3, 2015, Atlanta Georgia. The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) is a collaboration between Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center. Funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, the goal of the NETEC is to increase the competency of health care and public health workers and the capability of health care facilities to deliver safe, efficient, and effective care to patients with Ebola virus disease and other highly infectious disease through a nationwide and regional network for Ebola and other highly infectious diseases.

    In support of this mission, the National Ebola Training and Education Center is providing a two-day training course to U.S. hospitals identified as treatment and/or assessment sites for care of patients under investigation (PUI) for Ebola or those with known Ebola virus disease. In addition, state and local health departments are encouraged to participate and collaborate with hospitals via attendance at these training courses. Register here.

    This 2-day course held by NETEC is very similar to the 2-day courses held in the winter, spring and fall of 2015 by Emory University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (see attached agenda). This course will cover materials pertinent to both treatment and assessment centers. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
    • Describe the knowledge, technology, equipment and controls needed to prepare hospitals to receive and care for patients with suspected or known Ebola Virus Disease.
    • Discuss organizational and administrative policies that must be developed and implemented by Ebola assessment and treatment hospitals in order to increase capability to receive and care for a patient suspected with Ebola Virus Disease.
    • Describe patient care protocols that have been successfully utilized for the care of patients with Ebola Virus Disease.
    • Demonstrate appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) selection and donning/ doffing based upon the condition of the patient.
    • Discuss environmental infection control protocols for handling waste and infectious fluids from a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola Virus Disease.
    • Describe an effective healthcare worker monitoring plan.
    • Discuss state and regional preparedness plans for patients suspected with Ebola or another seriously communicable disease.

      The courses will be limited to three staff members from each designated Ebola Treatment or Assessment Hospital and two staff members from the corresponding state health department. NETEC recommends that state health department staff travel with their designated Ebola Treatment or Assessment Hospital staff to increase coordination and collaboration. Additionally, state health departments should prioritize participating hospitals based on the readiness needs in their jurisdiction. Confirmation of attendance eligibility will be communicated to individual registrants by a member of the NETEC. Hospital attendees may include, but are not limited to, medical and/or nursing staff, administration, education/training leadership, and infection control leadership. Staff specializing in communications, occupational injury management, specialized clinical areas, laboratory, facilities management and environmental services are also welcome. In the registration form we do ask healthcare facilities to list the state public health department representative they worked with during their Ebola preparedness activities. This is not a required field but will help facilitate state and regional planning initiatives.
  • Upcoming Vacancies for EMS Incident Operations Course at National Fire Academy (Aug. 26, 2015) Emergency Medical Services Incident Operations (R0147) at the National Fire Academy has vacancies for upcoming sessions, Oct. 25-30, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015-Feb. 5, 2015. Details are posted here.

    Plane wreck? Bus wreck? Train wreck? Tornado? Active Shooter? Haz-Mat, bomb, terrorism? With up to 10 MCIs and 1,000 patients in only 6 days, this course is a practical application of ICS-200 for EMS personnel. Act as the Incident Commander, Medical Branch Director, Medical Group Supervisor, Medical Unit Leader, Operations Section Chief, Safety Officer, and many more possibilities as you and your classmates focus on the medical aspects of implementing ICS on MCI incidents. Send applications to NFA Admissions now!
  • EMAC eLearning Courses. Objectives include:
    • The Practice and Implementation of EMAC
    • Just in Time Training for Deploying Personnel
    • Pre-Event Preparation for Resource Providers
    • Reimbursement
    • The National Guard
  • Counter-IED and Risk Mitigation Training, offered by the Dept. of Homeland Security, National Protection & Directorate, Office for Bombing Prevention. The courses listed (Nov. 2013 through Oct. 2014) are intended for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial participants, such as municipal officials, state and local law enforcement, critical infrastructure owners/operators and security staff.
  • Selected Blast Injury Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)