December 10 – 16, 2018

Click the read more button to find out this week’s information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE), Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and other miscellaneous sources.




Next Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition Monthly Meeting

The next regional coalition meeting is Thursday January 10th at 10:30 am and this is our quarterly in-person meeting.
We will meet at Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Our normal meeting location, the Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Training rooms, is no longer available because the rooms are being converted to office space. 

 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Virginia Department of Health

2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy

The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held on March 19-21,2019 at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. The theme this year for the Academy is Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats.

The Northwest Region will reimburse attendees who are employed by the partners located within the region. For additional information, please contact Matt Cronin, Exercise and Training Specialist, Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition.

The Founders Inn has started accepting reservations for rooms. The link to book a room can be found hereYou may also call 757-366-5700 to book reservations under this group. The Founders Inn and Spa is officially a Hilton Hotel! Our new name is The Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. If you are Hilton Honors members you can use your  Hilton Honors Points to stay at the hotel. If you are not a member, you  can join here.
Group Name: Virginia Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy
Arrival Date: 18-Mar-2019
Departure Date: 22-Mar-2019
Group code:  VPH

Examples of 21st Century Threats Include:

  • Hurricanes
  • Wildfires
  • Environmental impacts of fracked gas pipelines
  • Civil unrest/terrorism
  • Gun violence
  • Opioid epidemic
  • Emerging biological threats
  • Cybersecurity threats
  • Increasing stress on the social determinants of health (economic insecurity, etc)

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource,                                                                                                                             Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

Hospital Preparedness Program




1. States Share Preparedness and Response Workshop Outcomes during December 10 Webinar

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices and CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response hosted a workshop earlier this year with multiple states to enhance their public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities. State team members from Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, and New Jersey will discuss their project outcomes and how the workshop has impacted responses in their states during a webinar scheduled for 3:30 PM ET on Monday, December 10. Participants can register for the workshop online.

2. Medical Surge and Role of Health Clinics Q & A Document

Health clinics, including federally-qualified health centers, rural health clinics, and free and charitable clinics, deliver affordable health care to millions of patients across the U.S. ASPR TRACIE developed a Question and Answer (Q&A) document to help health clinics, HCCs, and other response partners support each other’s preparedness and response efforts. This resource is a follow-up to ASPR TRACIE’s Medical Surge and the Role of Health Clinics report and summary.

3. Q & A Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Real Experiences and Practical Applications

ASPR TRACIE hosted a webinar on November 14, 2018 featuring speakers from large health care organizations that experienced a recent emergency and activated their hospital-based incident command systems. Panelists were unable to answer many questions during the webinar due to time constraints. This document provides a summary of the answers provided by panelists after the webinar. Access the webinar recording and Q&A document on the title page of the Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Real Experiences and Practical Applications presentation.

4. Three Perspectives on Volunteering, Growth and Service with the Medical Reserve Corps

As the holidays approach, many people are thinking about ways that they can give back to their communities and help others. Volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a great way to help your community become healthier – during disasters and every day. Across the country, MRC units offer both medical and non-medical volunteers opportunities to serve people in their communities and a chance to network with other volunteers, learn new skills through training, and gain experience in emergency management and response. Continue reading about volunteering with the MRC on the ASPR Blog.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

1. 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
Phone: 804-897-9676

Registration:  Registration is OPEN and will remain open until January 4, 2019.  To register, log-in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learn Center: 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.

2. 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.

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. Gunman fatally shoots himself, injures at least 2 at U of Kansas Medical Center

An armed shooter pursued two individuals through Kansas City, Kan., and to the entrance of the Kansas City-based University of Kansas Medical Center on Dec. 3 before critically injuring one and fatally shooting himself, police said, according to The Kansas City Star.

Here are four things to know:

1. Kansas City police said on Twitter Dec. 3 that the incident appeared to stem from a domestic dispute. Police were first called to a shooting near the hospital around 11:30 p.m., then called to a second shooting at the hospital, a spokesperson told the publication.

2. Investigators said the two individuals — a man and a woman — were wounded in the shooting near the hospital and drove themselves to the facility while being pursued by the shooting suspect. At the hospital, police said the male victim tried to run into the hospital’s main entrance and was shot again by the suspect by the ER doors. The shooting suspect then fatally shot himself, according to the report.

3. Both victims were rushed into the hospital’s emergency department for treatment. Police said the man was not expected to survive, The Kansas City Star reports. The woman suffered minor injuries. No hospital staff or patients were injured during the altercation.

4. Police said it is unclear if the three individuals knew each other. The University of Kansas Medical Center continued admitting patients throughout the shooting and the police investigation, which continued into the early morning hours of Dec. 4. The hospital and clinics will operate as normal, a spokesperson for the medical center told the publication.

Source: Alyssa Rege of Becker’s Hospital Review

3. 7.0 earthquake hits Alaska, damages 2 hospitals

Two hospitals sustained damage after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska Nov. 30, causing “major infrastructure damage” across Anchorage, police said, according to Fox 2 Now St. Louis.

The earthquake hit the state around 8:30 a.m. local time. Social media images taken during and after the event showed scenes of chaos, including roads buckling and residents across the state taking cover, the report states. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration on his Facebook page.

An Alaska state seismologist told CNN the 7.0 earthquake could be felt up to 400 miles outside of Anchorage.

The White House said via Twitter that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the disaster.

Two of Anchorage’s main hospitals, Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center, sustained damage during the earthquake, hospital officials said, according to Fox 2 Now St. Louis.

The U.S. Department of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning for the state’s coastal areas, but eventually canceled the warnings, the report states.

Source: Alyssa Rege of Becker’s Hospital Review

4. DC’s Providence Hospital will keep ER open, close other acute services

In September, Providence Health System in Washington, D.C., owned by St. Louis-based Ascension, announced it would close its emergency room Dec. 5 and all acute care services by Dec. 14. Now, part of that closure has been pushed back, according to a WAMU news report.

Providence Hospital will continue to operate its emergency department through April 30 to serve low acuity patients. In addition, the hospital will maintain 10 to 15 inpatient beds to support the emergency services.

“The District of Columbia Hospital Association, after discussions with both Providence Health System — Ascension and the District of Columbia Department of Health, can confirm that Providence Hospital’s Emergency Department will remain open,” the association told WAMU. “Specifics regarding other services that will be maintained to support the ED and the inpatient beds will be announced over the coming days.”

The move to keep the ER open came just hours before Providence was expected to cease ambulance calls.

Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s Hospital Review

5. Record Snowfall hits the Northwest Region and Virginia during Winter Storm Diego

After many different scenarios from the National Weather service, from nothing to over two feet expected, the Northwest Region witnessed snowfall accumulations that varied as widely as the region is itself. Even some parts of our region did not receive any snow. The forecast beginning Sunday morning still did not have the region receiving any accumulating snow. This was an extremely difficult winter weather pattern to predict. To see the snowfall totals, please click here

The Weather Channel reports that several U.S. cities have more snow through early December than Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is in the midst of an early-season snow drought. The city’s 7-inch total is nearly only a quarter of their of their average snow (26.4 inches) through Dec. 9. The average snow for an entire season in the south-central Alaskan city is 74.5 inches.

To view the article from The Weather Channel, click here

Additional listings can be found at 

Iowa State University – National Weather Service Raw Text Product

An Interactive Map of snow reports is also available at Interactive Map

Source: Virginia Department of Emergency Management and The Weather Channel