January 14 – 20, 2019

Next Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition Monthly Meeting

The next regional coalition meeting is Thursday February 14th at 10:30 am. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call system.

We continue to work on scheduling Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS), and Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinators (CHEC) courses. We have tentatively scheduled the BDLS course April 3, 2019, the ADLS course April 4 -5, 2019, and the Basic and Advanced CHEC course May 22-24, 2019. Once the dates and locations are confirmed, we will update our Events calendar located on our website. Please check back often for this and all of our educational offerings.


Wow! Our website has reached over 1,900 viewers. Let’s keep it going by informing anyone who has an interest in the Northwest Region Coalition and the information we provide.

Click here to access our website. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar as we add several training events without announcing them in the weekly updates.

We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. Please click here to view the regional “one-pager”.

 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Virginia Department of Health

1. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report

To view the weekly report, click here. This link will be provided each week until we are no longer in flu season for the 2018-2019 reporting period. To view the map of the US for the influenza summary, click here.

2. 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



Healthcare Security and Safety Assessment

As part of a continuing sharing of information to help healthcare facilities become better prepared, and because workplace violence is the number vulnerability on the 2018 regional Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA), we want to share a tool that can be used to identify ways of lessening the potential. The Ingersoll Rand Corporation created the Healthcare Security and Safety Assessment to help healthcare facilities augment hazard vulnerability assessments, develop an understanding of their security gaps, and create strategies for improving preparedness. 

This assessment tool is designed to provide healthcare Facilities and Security professionals with a means to help them identify areas of risk, focus on potential physical security gaps, and proactively enhance their institution’s preparedness. No instrument will comprehensively assess the needs of every organization. It is important therefore to view this tool as a beginning, one element of an expansive organizational process that more fully delves into the identification of organizational assets, the specific threats, risks, and vulnerabilities that may impact these assets, and the development and implementation of multi‐modal strategies to mitigate these threats, risks, and vulnerabilities.

Additional resources can be found in the ASPR TRACIE Workplace Violence Topic Collection.

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. 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

2. G556 Damage Assessment Course

Dates: February 27, 2019
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:Zehmer Hall on UVA Grounds (Rooms C/D)
104 Midmont Ln.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

The purpose of this course is to build local capacity for damage assessment by enabling you to develop or refine a damage assessment program for your community. In this course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be able to conduct efficient and effective damage assessments in order to save lives, protect property and the environment, and to begin the process of recovery and mitigation.

Click here to view the Course Announcement Flyer and for details, prerequisites, and registration details.
Deadline to register is February 22, 2019.
This 1 day course is designed to enable the direction of emergency response personnel and resources to the most appropriate areas and help identify the need for additional resources during an emergency or disaster.

Target Audience: This course is for state and local officials who are responsible for assessing, collecting, and reporting damages during and after any event that causes damage of private, public, and critical infrastructure.

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. Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management

Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management (FRAME) is a four-day course designed for personnel who are responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance, and administration of emergency management programs and plans for healthcare facilities and/or systems (e.g., hospitals, clinics, or community health centers). Functional areas addressed in this course include an overview of relevant standards, regulations, and organizations; integration with agencies and stakeholders; the Incident Command System (ICS) as it applies to healthcare; plans and the planning process; facility and personnel preparedness; exercises and training; and surge and related mass casualty issues (including patient care and/or ethics, evacuation, public affairs, and risk communications), recovery, and finances/reimbursement.
Target audience/disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare and Public Health
Prerequisites and requirements are all offered through online training. To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following courses:

Continuing Education Credits
The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 3.2 continuing education units for this program., Nursing through Alabama Board of Nursing (nurses only): 32
Continuing Medical Education, through University of Alabama at Birmingham (additional allied health professionals may be able to apply for these continuing medical education units): 32
CA Environmental Health Specialist, through National Environmental Health Association (environmental health professionals): 32
Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student’s state: 32

Source: FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness

3. FEMA Releases PrepTalk on Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response

FEMA and its emergency management partner organizations today released the video of Dr. Sheri Fink’s Triage, Ethics, And Operations: Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response,” from the third PrepTalk  symposium event on Sept. 6, 2018.

Dr. Fink is author of the Hurricane Katrina-related book “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” and her latest article, “Lost in the Storm,” tracks a family’s attempts to be rescued during Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Fink is a former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, and received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

In her PrepTalk, Dr. Fink shares those two real-world case studies that demonstrate the value of situational awareness, the complexities of prioritizing limited resources, and the importance of ensuring systems can effectively support operational decisions.

“How we allocate the resources that we have in disasters; how we choose who gets the resources … is going to affect the outcome,” said Dr. Fink.

Videos of her PrepTalk and the question-and-answer session that followed, as well as a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/fink. Additional PrepTalks from the Sept. 6 symposium held in Washington, D.C. will be released in the coming months.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Source: FEMA

4. First snowfall of 2019

The first snowfall of 2019 fell over the weekend. As with the last storm in December 2018, the predictability of the amounts of snow was difficult for the National Weather Service. As we saw beginning on Friday, the forecast snowfall amounts continually changed leaving the region expected to receive 6 or more inches, and localized up to 1 1/2 feet. Thank you to all of the healthcare organizations for providing information over the weekend allowing the Regional Healthcare Coordination Center to submit a regional Situation Report (SITREP) to the Emergency Support Function – 8 lead agency which is the Virginia Department of Health. We plan to write an After Action Review for this event and will include the names of the organizations that provided information.

The Governor declared a state of emergency on Saturday which is in affect until February 12, 2019. Although the snow has stopped, the concern now is thawing and refreezing potentially making travel treacherous in some locations. According to Hammel (2018, January 13), one person died in a storm-related wreck on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County. On Monday, schools in the region were closed, but the healthcare facilities were open with no loss in services. To continue reading more about the first snowfall, please click here

Source: Tyler Hammel of The Daily Progress