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To access our website click here. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar. There you will find training and education opportunities.
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.
Ebola Virus & Emerging Infectious Disease Summit
Attention Frontline Hospitals, Assessment Hospitals, and Treatment Hospitals. This year’s Ebola Virus & Emerging Infectious Disease Summit will be Monday November 19 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm with registration beginning at 8:00 am. This year’s summit is focused on Frontline Hospitals and will be held at Winchester Medical Center’s Conference Center in Winchester, VA. This is a free conference and travel reimbursement is authorized and will be paid for through the Ebola/Highly Infectious Disease Grant. More details about the reimbursement process and all rules associated with it will be coming soon.
A flyer will be sent in an email to all of the hospital emergency managers because of the registration link being accessible to anyone who views our website, even those who may not be part of the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. The flyer contains additional information and registration information. Please get the word out to staff who work at any of the 14 Northwest Region hospitals, but especially include those involved in infection prevention.
Because this year’s Ebola Virus & Emerging Infectious Disease Summit is being hosted in our region for the second year in a row, let’s show everyone how the Northwest Region supports education activities by having a great registration and turn-out for the event.
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.
3. L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management
Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management course. This two-week course is the first of five in the EM Basic Academy program. This course is highly recommended for new as well as experienced members of the emergency management community as it provides a comprehensive view of the profession’s core functions, policies, and goals. To this end, this course is required for all VDEM staff. Click here for more information and the application packet.
Dates: Week 1: February 4-8, 2019
Location: McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center, 4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Dates: Week 2: March 4-8, 2019
Location: Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 10501 Trade Court, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236
Please submit your completed application by November 16th. If you have questions, please contact Candice Crockett.
Interim Academic Support Coordinator
Training, Education and Exercise Division
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-9780 office
(804) 385-7487 cell
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. Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed. The test was postponed from September 20 due to hurricane Florence recovery efforts.
This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in September 2011, 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.
The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. It allows customers whose wireless provider participates in WEA and who own a WEA compatible wireless phone to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration. The national WEA test will use the same special tone and vibration. The WEA test message will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Wireless phones will display the test message under the header “Presidential Alert.”
The WEA test will be sent through FEMA’s IPAWS, as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should receive the message once.
The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.
Significant coordination has been conducted with EAS Participants, wireless providers, and emergency managers in preparation for this WEA-EAS national test. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is also a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required for the distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.
The EAS is based upon the War Powers Act provision of the Communications Act of 1934, which provides for Presidential access to commercial communications during “a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency.” For WEA, the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006 provides that subscribers may opt out of receiving any wireless alerts “other than an alert issued by the President,” and that wireless alerting service should allow wireless subscribers the capability of opting out of receiving WEA alerts, other than an alert issued at the direction of the President and/or his/her designee.
In the event of a national emergency, a Presidential WEA alert would be issued at the direction of the President and/or his/her designee, and activated by FEMA.
More information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at www.ready.gov/alerts.