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Face-to-Face MGT-319 Medical Countermeasures: February, 2018


Location: FDLE Conference Center, 921 N. Davis St. Jacksonville
Date: February 27 – 28, 2018 Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Point of Contact: Beth Payne, NEFLHCC Phone: 904-279-0880

Continuing Education Credits: IACET = 1.6 CEUs, AAFP = 13.75 hours, and ENA = 11.41 hours

This training course is to enhance jurisdiction preparedness and emergency response efforts by providing the knowledge of how to exercise and revise a plan that utilizes an all-hazards, whole community approach toward a medical countermeasures event. Assists with coordination of planning and training for, and responding to a medical countermeasure response for a public health incident. This course responds directly to the National Preparedness Goal; as it applies to delivery of medical countermeasures to exposed populations.

• Category A, B, C Agents, natural hazards, man-made, or terrorism events.
• Points of Dispensing Command Structure for planning, execution, and demobilization of a jurisdictional response
• Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA)
• Discussions as it applies to local Emergency Support Function (ESF-8 and ESF-6)
• Public Health Preparedness Capabilities

Venue: Jurisdiction Course Length: Two days (16 hours)

• Public Health
• Health care and ancillary service groups
• Law Enforcement (LE)
• Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
• Fire service
• Emergency management organizations
• Tribial, City, County, State, Federal
• Public works
• Public safety communications
• Educational community
• Private Industry
• Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
• Support services: IT and Clerical

FEMA / SID Number
Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class. Register online for a FEMA / SID Number:

Florida Crisis Response Team Training: October, 2017

A 40-hour basic NOVA CRT training is being offered in Orlando, October 2-6, 2017 to allow individuals the opportunity to receive the required instruction to become a Florida Crisis Response Team member. The basic CRT training provides a comprehensive study of the elements of the crisis response while also offering practical experience through exercises and skills implementation. Based on a widely accepted model of psychological first aid developed by NOVA, this training allows individuals to respond directly to community and individual crises.

Please click here for the Registration Form.

Please click here to learn more about The Story of FCRT.

The training will be held each day from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Registrants must be present each day in order to become FCRT certified.
• Location: Orlando Police Department Training Facility
• Address: 100 Andes Ave, Orlando FL 32807
• The cost of the basic training is $400.00 per person and includes the NOVA Basic Training Manual, NOVA registration and certificate.
• Registration and Payment, money order or check, to: FCRT, P.O. Box 182, Mims, Florida 32754.
• If you have questions please call 321-302-6305, or email

ASPR TRACIE Webinar: September, 2017

CLICK HERE to view the informational flyer. This webinar will highlight new tools and templates aimed at helping HCCs in their preparedness efforts. ASPR TRACIE is working closely with the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs (NHPP) in developing these tools and templates. This webinar will feature Melissa Harvey and Dr. John Hick discussing the development and potential uses of the first set of resources from ASPR TRACIE to include:

  • Health Care Coalition Preparedness Plan and HCC Response Plan Templates- These templates provide general headers and descriptions for a sample HCC Preparedness Plan and HCC Response Plan as required in the 2017-2022 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities. They highlight sample plans that were sent to ASPR TRACIE from HCCs across the country.
  • Health Care Coalition Resource and Gap Analysis Tool- This tool is designed to assist the HCC partners develop a common understanding of their resources and existing gaps, and strategies for prioritizing which gaps to close. Gaps may include inadequate plans or procedures, staffing, equipment and supplies, skills and expertise, and/or services. HCCs are encouraged to modify the template to reflect their coalition members, resources, and unique community attributes. A companion HCC Aggregator Tool is under development.
  • Health Care Coalition Pandemic Checklist- This planning tool is intended to assist HCCs and their partners in assessing their preparedness for a pandemic. It may also be used as a pandemic begins to orient the response. It assumes that the HCC has already conducted a gap and resource analysis that may have identified some of the issues listed in this document.
  • ASPR TRACIE Hospital Disaster Pharmacy Calculator- This calculator allows hospitals to estimate whether they have adequate supplies of medications for a disaster in stock. The user inputs facility details and, based on the medication category and type, the calculator compares the amount of medications available to an estimate of those needed for 48 hours per patient and determines whether the hospital has a surplus or deficit in specific categories.


  • Melissa Harvey, RN, MSPH, Director, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, HHS ASPR
  • John Hick, MD, HHS ASPR and Hennepin County Medical Center


REGISTER HERE for this free webinar. The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ASPR TRACIE website within 1 business day. Each registrant will receive a unique link that will be needed to access the webinar. The link can only be used on one computer; therefore, registrants should not forward their registration confirmation emails to others. Please note that this webinar will be limited to the first 1,000 registrants, so register early. Where possible, only register one time per office or organization and view the webinar together to allow the maximum number of participants.

Registration Link:


HCC Task Force Webinars: September, 2017

HCC Task Force Webinars: How to use the Coalition Medical Surge Tool during an exercise

Description:  Bureau training and exercise staff will walk members though how to use the tool as an inject during an already scheduled exercise.  Staff will share how Emerald Coast is planning to use the Tool as part of a full-scale, joint exercise scheduled in November.  The Bureau has been working closely with Emerald Coast in the exercise planning.

A webinar will be offered on how to use the Medical Surge Tool during an exercise.  We have scheduled two opportunities to participate in the webinar.  Participation by members (and their exercise development staff) is not required, but highly encouraged.

Dates and Times offered:

  • Tuesday, September 12 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
    • Join us as the Bureau training and exercise staff walk members though how to use the Medical Surge tool as an inject during an already scheduled exercise. Staff will share how Emerald Coast is planning to use the Tool as part of a full-scale, joint exercise scheduled in November. The Bureau has been working closely with Emerald Coast in the exercise planning. Feel free to forward to any of your training and exercise staff.
    • Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    • Join the conference call:
      (888) 670-3525
      Participant code: 895-224-0162
    • Visit for more information about the medical surge test and tool.
  • Wednesday, September 13 from 10 am to 11:30 am
    • Once information for this second anticipated webinar, on Wednesday 9/13, has been released, this page will be updated.

Information provided by:

Lela M. Shepard, MS, PMP, CPM
Health Care System Preparedness Manager
Bureau of Preparedness and Response
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
New Phone Number: 850-617-1543

Health Care Coalitions:

Scarce Resource Allocation During Disasters

Scarce Resource Allocation During Disasters: A Mixed-Method Community Engagement Study

Published by Biddison, MD, MPH, et al., in CHEST Journal, Official Publication of the American College of Chest Physicians

Background: During a catastrophe, health care providers may face difficult questions regarding who will receive limited life-saving resources. The ethical principles that should guide decision-making have been considered by expert panels but have not been well explored with the public or front line clinicians. The objective of this study was to characterize the public’s values regarding how scarce mechanical ventilators should be allocated during an influenza pandemic, with the ultimate goal of informing a statewide scare resource allocation framework.

Methods: Adopting Deliberative Democracy practices, we conducted 15 half-day community engagement forums with the general public and health-related professionals. Small group discussions of 6 potential guiding ethical principles were led by trained facilitators. The forums consisted exclusively of either members of the general public or health-related or disaster professionals and were convened in a variety of meeting places across the State of Maryland. Primary data sources were pre- and post- deliberation surveys and notes of small group deliberations compiled by trained note takers.

Results: 324 individuals participated in 15 forums. Participants indicated a preference for prioritizing short and long-term survival, but they indicated that these should not be the only factors driving decision-making during a crisis. Qualitative analysis identified 10 major themes that emerged. Many, but not all, themes were consistent with previously issued recommendations. The most important difference related to withholding versus withdrawing ventilator support.

Conclusions: The values expressed by the public and front-line clinicians sometimes diverge from expert guidance in important ways. Awareness of these differences should inform policy-making.

Ethical Guidance for Disaster Response

Ethical Guidance for Disaster Response, Specifically Around Crisis Standards of Care: A Systematic Review

Published by Leider, PhD, et al., in the American Journal of Public Health, September 2017

Plain-Language Summary:
Ethical guidance, alongside legal and medical frameworks, is an increasingly common component of disaster response plans. This systematic review examines how frequently ethical guidance is offered for crisis standards of care (CSC) during disaster response. A CSC declaration is a recognition that resources are limited and that everyday standards of clinical care are not possible under the circumstances.

When we screened 580 peer-reviewed articles mentioning ethics and CSCs or disaster planning, 38 (6%) included substantial discussion of ethical considerations (rather than, for example, focusing primarily on scientific treatment protocols.) The systematic review of the CSC ethics literature since 2012 showed that authors were primarily focused on the ethical justifications for CSCs (n=20) as well as a need for ethics guidelines for implementing CSCs; the ethical justifications for triage (n=19), both as to which criteria to use and the appropriate processes by which to employ triage; and the notion of a “duty to
care” or respond in disasters (n=11).

As governments and health care systems plan for disasters, ethical guidance that is theoretically sound and practically useful can — and should — form an important foundation from which to build practical guidance for responding to disasters with morally appropriate means.

ASPR TRACIE Webinar: August, 2017

CLICK HERE to view the informational flyer. The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) are partnering on a series of webinars featuring NETEC’s suite of free, fully customizable, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercise materials. The first webinar in the series provided an overview of NETEC’s exercise templates for highly pathogenic infectious diseases and highlighted some unique planning considerations. The second webinar focused on exercise planning for frontline facilities (acute care hospitals and other emergency care settings, such as urgent care clinics and critical access hospitals). The next webinar features regional transport planning. Speakers will describe NETEC exercise templates designed to test regional plans for the transport of patients under investigation for a highly pathogenic infectious disease. Representatives from three jurisdictions will share tips and lessons learned from recent regional transport exercises in Maryland, Texas, and Nevada. The webinar will take place Wednesday, August 23, from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET.

Introduction: Richard Hunt, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, ASPR National Healthcare Preparedness Programs


  • Shawn Brast, MS, Team Educator and Critical Care Transport Nurse/Paramedic, Johns Hopkins LIFELINE
  • Nicholas Cagliuso, Sr., PhD, MPH, Assistant Vice President, Emergency Management, New York City Health + Hospitals
  • Andrea Esp, MPH, CPH, CHES, Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator, Washoe County Health District
  • Brian Garibaldi, MD, Director, Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit
  • Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP, Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program, New York City Health + Hospitals
  • Wendy Pagan, BBA, CHEC, Training Officer, Southern Nevada Health District
  • Jeff Quinn, MPH, Manager, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Southern Nevada Health District
  • Lori Upton, RN, BSN, MS, CEM, Director of Preparedness, SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Target Audience:

  • Regional Transport Plan and EMS Partners
  • State-Designated Ebola Treatment Centers
  • Regional Ebola and Special Pathogen Treatment Centers
  • Assessment Hospitals
  • Frontline Facilities
  • Healthcare Coalitions
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Emergency Management Agencies


REGISTER HERE for this free webinar; it will also be recorded and archived on the ASPR TRACIE website. Each registrant will receive a unique link needed to access the webinar. The link can only be used on one computer; therefore, registrants should not forward their registration confirmation emails to others. Please note that this webinar will be limited to the first 1,000 registrants. Where possible, register once per office/organization and view the webinar as a group to allow the maximum number of participants.
Audio: You can use your computer microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone. A phone number and PIN will be provided after logging into the webinar.

Registration Link:

Center for Domestic Preparedness training: July – September, 2017

The following information has been provided by:

Ben St. John, MA, MEP
Training, Education & Exercise Program Administrator
Bureau of Preparedness and Response
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support
Florida Department of Health, 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A23, Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Subject: *Upcoming Training Opportunities* Center for Domestic Preparedness

Listed below are some training opportunities at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.  These opportunities are largely funded through FEMA (food, transportation and lodging) and the application process is fairly easy.  For those who attended “Florida Week” you know how valuable these opportunities at the CDP are.  You can find more information on the below classes and registration at their website


Date                                                      Course 

Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events or Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents with an Integrated Capstone Event (Exercise)

  • 7-9 – 7/15/2017
  • 7/23–7/29/2017

Mass Antibiotic Dispensing Train-the-Trainer

  • 7/16–7/20/2017
  • 9/10–9/14/2017

Respiratory Protection: Program Development and Administration

  • 7/16–7/20/2017
  • 9/5–9/9/2017

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents with an Integrated Capstone Event (Exercise)

  • 7/9–7/15/2017
  • 8/14–8/19/2017
  • 9/10–9/16/2017

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents and Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents – Basic Train-the-Trainer and with an Integrated Capstone Event (Exercise)

  • 8/6–8/12/2017
  • 8/20–8/26/2017
  • 9/24–9/30/2017

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents with an Integrated Capstone Event (Exercise)

  • 7/23–7/29/2017
  • 8/6–8/12/2017
  • 8/13–8/19/2017
  • 8/20–8/26/2017
  • 9/10–9/16/2017
  • 9/24–9/30/2017

Advanced Radiological Incident Operations

  • 7/30–8/5/2017

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents and Hands-On Training for CBRNE Incidents

  • 7/16–7/22/2017
  • 7/30–8/5/2017

Radiological Emergency Response Operations

  • 7/30–8/5/2017

Strategic National Stockpile Preparedness Course

  • 8/13–8/19/2017

Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management

  • 8/20–8/25/2017

Mass Antibiotic Dispensing Train-the-Trainer

  • 9/10–9/14/2017

Managing Public Information for All Hazards Incidents

  • 9/17–9/22/2017

Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease

  • 9/5–9/9/2017
  • 9/24–9/28/2017

Please refer to the CDP website for additional information, course codes and descriptions


DHS Announces Funding Opportunity For Fiscal Year 2017 Preparedness Grants

Release Date: June 2, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

“The administration remains committed to strengthening the security and resilience of our state and local communities,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. “FEMA grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help to address evolving threats, and each grant will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness.”

The FY 2017 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats.  For FY 2017, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 33 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2017 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-31).

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment.  New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts.  All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.