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Regional coalition meeting this Thursday October 11th beginning at 10:30 am. This is one of our quarterly in-person meetings. This is one of the four meetings which we invite the local emergency managers to attend as a way of collaborating between the coalition members and them. The meeting will be held at the Rockingham County Fire & Rescue Training Rooms. The physical address is 20 East Gay Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802.
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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 was sent in an email to all of the hospital emergency managers. We did not include the flyer here because the registration link is accessible to anyone who views our website, even those who may not be part of the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. Please get the word out to the 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. Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael may affect our region later this week with heavy rains leading to possible flooding. Please monitor your favorite news and weather outlets. Depending upon the forecast, the Regional Healthcare Coordination Center may activate and conduct regional conference calls. Although the current track shows tropical storm winds in Virginia overnight Thursday into Friday, we will continually monitor this situation.
3. Question of the Week
Q: I know some things about emergency management, but how can I learn more?
A: There are several ways to learn more about emergency management. First, you can attend the FEMA Basic Academy that is hosted by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Second, you can take the free online courses that the Emergency Management Institute offers. Lastly, attend Local Emergency Planning Committee and other like meetings where emergency management professionals gather to discuss past, present, and future emergency management topics.