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Hurricane Theme Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will host the 2018 Hurricane Theme Week training during the week of April 29 – May 5, 2018 on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL.

CDP training is completely funded for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training.

The Hurricane Theme Week training is intended to broaden the training experience of healthcare responders beginning with the first recognition of injury or illness, and continues through treatment and recovery, and is based on the facility’s or system’s disaster preparedness plan. Healthcare response is part of an overall community response and may involve many agencies, departments, organizations, and facilities to mitigate effectively, respond to, and recover from the danger that has mobilized the healthcare system. Additionally, there are Environmental Health considerations that will provide Environmental Health Responders on emergency response teams, the opportunity to learn and practice emergency response skills required to successfully perform Environmental Health (EH) tasks in emergencies or disasters.

Upon successful completion participants will have enhanced their response capabilities in multiple areas to include decontamination operations, mass casualty incident response and recovery functions, making critical decisions in an all-hazards disaster and environmental health considerations. Personnel who attend this training will be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities.

All healthcare and environmental health personnel who work in an emergency response capacity are authorized to attend.

The CDP will host one iteration each of the following courses:

  • Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) / Integrated Capstone Event (ICE)
  • Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) / Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents - Basic Train-the-Trainer (HERT-B TtT) / Integrated Capstone Event (ICE)
  • Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO) / Integrated Capstone Event (ICE)
  • Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response: Operations (EHTER Ops) / Integrated Capstone Event (ICE)

Registration

A description of each course that will be part of the theme week and participate in ICE is provided below. Select the course you would like to attend from the choices below. Once you have selected a course, click the Apply button to begin the application process.

Should you have any questions, please contact the CDP Eastern Region Coordinator at
easternregion@cdpemail.dhs.gov or 866-213-9546


The courses that will be part of the theme week and will participate in ICE are as follows:

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents
Acronym: HERT Catalog Number: PER-902 Contact Hours: 24
Target Audience/Disciplines

Hospital staff members who comprise a Hospital Emergency Response Team, such as physicians, nurses, administrators, security personnel, environmental staff, and other hospital staff.

Overview

The Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course addresses healthcare response at the operations level for the facility and its personnel. This three-day course prepares healthcare responders to utilize the Hospital Incident Command System — integrating into the community emergency response network while operating an Emergency Treatment Area as hospital first responders during a mass casualty incident involving patient contamination. The healthcare responders will determine and use appropriate personal protective equipment and conduct triage followed by decontamination of ambulatory and nonambulatory patients as members of a Hospital Emergency Response Team.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Analyze the need, composition, and use of a Hospital Emergency Treatment Team during an emergency, mass casualty incident, or disaster situation.
  • Summarize the organization and operation of the Hospital Incident Command System as it integrates with the Incident Command System during response to mass casualty incident.
  • Differentiate the medical responses to a variety of illnesses and injuries that may result from a mass casualty incident.
  • Select and use the appropriate level of personal protective equipment as hospital first receivers in response to a disaster involving patient contamination.
  • Structure the healthcare facility Emergency Treatment Area to support medical operations in response a mass casualty incident.
  • Establish a Hospital Emergency Response Team that meets all safety requirements, provides security to the hospital, and efficiently manages patients for processing into the hospital facility for follow-up treatment.
  • Compare decontamination methods and procedures.
  • Perform Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment© (START) and JumpSTART procedures within the Emergency Treatment Area during a hospital response to a mass casualty incident involving contamination.
  • Conduct operations in an Emergency Treatment Area while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment in response to a mass casualty incident involving contamination.
  • Conduct an effective medical response to a mass casualty incident using the Hospital Emergency Response Team approach.

Acronym: HERT-B TtT Catalog Number: AWR-901-1 Contact Hours: 8
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, and Public Health.

Overview

The Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents-Basic, Train-the-Trainer (HERT-B TtT) is a one-day course offered to healthcare responders who have successfully completed the HERT course. It prepares students to teach HERT at their facilities by focusing on presentation techniques, practical applications, and the preparation and maintenance of lesson plans. The HERT-B TtT course provides students with an understanding of the HERT course material to include team assignments and functions, proper wear and removal of personal protective equipment , decontamination procedures, Emergency Treatment Area location selection, and operation, and victim triage.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Constructing learning objectives that includes a task, condition, and standard of performance.
  • Identifying the techniques necessary to provide an effective presentation.
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of various training aids.
  • Select and conduct practical exercises to facilitate the learning and capabilities of HERT members.
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Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents
Acronym: HCL Catalog Number: MGT-901 Contact Hours: 32
Target Audience/Disciplines
  • Hospital executive group — Senior executives who have ultimate legal and overall fiduciary responsibilities for the institution;- Mid-level management — Those who have responsibility for activating the disaster plan;
  • Patient services group — Senior patient care services leadership who are responsible for the following: organizing and delivering patient care services and resources; maintaining a patient-tracking system; assuring the treatment of inpatients and managing the inpatientcare areas; and controlling discharge procedures
  • Emergency Department (ED) group — Those responsible for overall clinical and administrative management of the ED resources;
  • Physical plant operations group — Those responsible for the physical plant and its environment;
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the response of EMS resources to a disaster;
  • Public health group — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the public health response to a disaster; and
  • Other patient care — Patient-support areas may be represented, including infection control, chaplains, social workers, legal, and others.
Overview

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents is a four-day course that addresses disaster preparedness at the facility and system level. Healthcare leaders must be prepared for any incident that results in multiple casualties, whether it is the result of a natural disaster; an accidental or intentional release of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives (CBRNE) hazard; or a disease outbreak that results in an epidemic or pandemic. This course focuses on preparing healthcare leaders to make critical decisions in all-hazards disaster emergency preparedness activities. Responders learn essential disaster-planning response and recovery functions through lecture/discussion format that are then applied in a tabletop exercise and a two-day functional exercise.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Clarify healthcare emergency management roles and responsibilities in the disaster life-cycle process — mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery — for all-hazards disasters.
  • Identify key partners in disaster preparedness, their roles, and interrelationships in responding to a disaster.
  • Relate the use of the Incident Command System in the healthcare system through Hospital Incident Command System (and the Public Health Incident System.
  • Illustrate roles and responsibilities in obtaining and distributing medical supplies in a disaster situation.
  • Illustrate the difficult decisions that healthcare leaders face regarding palliative care and mass-fatality management.
  • Summarize the development of emergency public information and risk communications messages.
  • Differentiate requirements for types of decontamination procedures and facilities, in addition to personal protective equipment to be used in healthcare facilities for a variety of hazards.
  • Describe the various concepts associated with the disaster-planning process.
  • Identify important aspects of Noble, U.S.A., and roles of the functional areas in the exercises.
  • Apply Comprehensive Emergency Management to a disaster-response situation
  • Apply the concepts of healthcare disaster planning.
  • Summarize the role of healthcare response in an all-hazards disaster.
  • Conduct healthcare response to a disaster.
  • Respond to a healthcare all-hazards disaster.
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Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents
Acronym: EMO Catalog Number: PER-267 Contact Hours: 32
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, Public Health, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Hospital Staff, including Physicians and Nurses. Responders must be state-licensed Paramedics, EMTs, or Emergency Care Providers.

Overview

The Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO) is a four-day course that prepares responders to effectively respond to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) or mass casualty incident. The four-day EMO course provides classroom lectures, extensive hands-on training, and culminates with a hands-on practical exercise that allows responders to implement the emergency-response knowledge and skills learned during the course.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Apply Incident Command System principles focusing on medical operations.
  • Identify the appropriate personal protection equipment levels when responding to a CBRNE incident or mass casualty incident.
  • Evaluate casualties using techniques such as Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (START) and JumpSTART.
  • Provide casualty assistance and perform emergency medical operations while wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Process non-ambulatory, ambulatory, and special needs casualties through a decontamination corridor.
  • Conduct tracking and transport operations in support of casualty evacuation during a mass casualty incident.
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Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) - Operations
Acronym: EHTER OPS Catalog Number: PER-309 Contact Hours: 32
Target Audience/Disciplines

Environmental Health Responders assigned to a local, State, Territorial, or Tribal Emergency Response Team, who perform environmental health tasks in emergencies and disasters.

Overview

The Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Operations (EHTER Ops) is a four-day course which provides participants with the operations-level knowledge and skills needed to respond to incidents of natural- or human-caused disaster and to use appropriate protocols and equipment to achieve mission objectives. Participants are trained to assess problems and risks, plan for a team response, select equipment and instrumentation appropriate to the event, perform the required tasks according to the Environmental Health response protocol, and perform reporting and follow-up as instructed. The majority of the course is conducted through hands-on operational practice or response to simulated events. Participants perform Environmental Health Responder tasks while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) Levels C and D. The course also includes training at the outdoor Northville Training Complex, part of the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility, where participants engage in scenario-based exercises in which they employ critical-thinking skills related to the selection and use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) detection and sampling instruments.

  • Prepare as a team to respond to suspected water supply contamination in a potentially hazardous environment.
  • Determine remediation options for chemical and bacterial water supply contamination.
  • Calculate health and safety requirements for the displaced population and estimated length of stay using the CDC Environmental Health Assessment Form for Shelters.
  • Recommend equipment and upgrades needed to create a healthy and safe environment for proposed shelter population.
  • Assess food sources for emergency mass-feeding operations and food handling of providers. Identify potential for, address, and report on foodborne illness.
  • Identify non-structural building-related safety and health hazards. Communicate complex environmental health and safety information to non-technical audiences including media and members of the public.
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