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We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. To view the regional “one-pager” please click here.
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Frequently Asked Questions
The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has posted five rounds of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness. Two previously posted rounds (two and three) were revised June 1, 2017.
1. L146: Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
Dates: October 24-25, 2018
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Page County Administration Center, Board Room, 103 South Court St., Luray, Virginia 22835
To Register: Click here http://covlc.virginia.gov (last day to register is October 19th)
This 2-day period of instruction is for those individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises. The intermediate-level course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes. It is an interactive course that allows participants to share personal lessons learned and best practices while gaining practical experience. In addition to the instructor-led course presentations, the course includes small group activities, group discussions, and introductions to HSEEP and related initiatives such as supporting technology (e.g., HSEEP Toolkit) and capabilities-based planning (e.g., UTL and TCL). This approach provides participants with hands-on experience that readily translates to real-world exercise responsibilities. Activities include creating exercise documentation, conducting planning conferences and briefings, and practicing exercise evaluation.
Prerequisite: IS 120C (https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-120.c) and FEMA 119-25 (https://training.fema.gov/apply/119-25-2.pdf)
Purpose: To provide intermediate-level knowledge as well as incorporate exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes to participants
Target Audience: Individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises
If you need help or have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email: LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov.
2. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Dates: January 9-10, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Madison Fire Station, 1223 North Main ST, Madison, VA 22727
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use.
Prerequisites: Applicants must document completion of all of the following prerequisites to be considered for enrollment. Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Please email certificates to:
Tamara Del Rosario
Academic Support Technician
Registration: Registration is OPEN and will remain open until January 4, 2019. To register, log-in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learn Center: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. When searching for this course in the VLC, use this keyword: ICS 300. Be sure to select the ICS 300 (11) option from the list. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995.
1. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition has begun receiving requests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the coalition and non-hospital facilities. The MOU is designed for healthcare facilities that are not classified as an Acute Care or Critical Access hospital, and it is good for five (5) years before it will need to be renewed. If your your organizations resides with the Northwest Region and has not signed the MOU, you can contact either the Regional Coordinator or the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator to find out more details. We are expanding our outreach to healthcare agencies within the region as a way of offering assistance to you and your organization. We ask for everyone’s help to spread the word by talking with your colleagues about the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. You can contact us by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website.
2. President Trump Releases National Cybersecurity Strategy
President Donald Trump on Sept. 20 unveiled his “National Cyber Strategy,” a set of actions the White House plans to take to improve cybersecurity preparedness across the U.S.
The National Cyber Strategy is the first “fully articulated cyber strategy” the U.S. has released since 2003, according to a White House statement by Grant Schneider, federal chief information security officer and senior director for cybersecurity policy.
President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy outlines how the White House will promote cybersecurity across the nation’s networks, systems and data, and it argues that a strong cybersecurity posture will preserve peace in the U.S. by strengthening the country’s ability to deter international actors from malicious cyberattacks.
A copy of the strategy can be found here.
Source: Jessica K. Cohen of Becker’s Hospital Review.
3. Emergency Management Question of the Week
Q. When is National Preparedness Month?
A. We will not be providing the answer to this question. We are asking that everyone look up the answer if you do not know it. There are several ways to find the answer, and when you do, there are multiple resources available once you find it.