March 18 – 24, 2019

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition’s next meeting is Thursday March 14th beginning at 10:30 am. 



We have finalized the schedules for the Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS), and Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinators (CHEC) courses. The BDLS course is April 3, 2019, the ADLS course is April 4 -5, 2019, and the Basic and Advanced CHEC course is May 22-24, 2019. The training will be held at Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. Please see the flyers for Basic Disaster Life Support Course, Advanced Disaster Life Support Course, and Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator Course. We have also posted this information to our Events calendar located on our website. The courses are free to all Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition members and partners. Please check back often for this and all of our educational offerings.


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

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.

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


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

Hospital Preparedness Program



2019 Preparedness Summit: Registration Open and Travel Letter Available

The 2019 Preparedness Summit hosted by NACCHO is scheduled for March 26-29, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme of this year’s event is “Preparedness Summit 2019: The Evolving Threat Environment”. Early bird registration rates are available on the summit’s website until February 8, 2019.

The annual preparedness summit is a required cooperative agreement activity. The use of HPP and PHEP funds to cover the travel expenses of HPP and PHEP staff attending this meeting is an allowable expense. Please find attached the 2019 Preparedness Summit Recipient Travel Letter.

The annual HPP-PHEP recipient meeting will be held at 9:00 AM ET on Monday, March 25, 2019, the day before the summit opens. The agenda for the daylong meeting is still under development.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Credit: U.S. Food & Drug


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

1. Course Offerings

1. ICS 300 April 13th & 14th
Spotsylvania County is hosting an ICS 300 course April 13th & 14th at Fire/Rescue Station 4 in Fredericksburg. Registration deadline is April 5th. Please see this flyer for more details.

2. NOAA SKYWARN Basics Course April 3rd at 1900 hours
The Culpeper County Office of Emergency Management is pleased to present the NOAA SKYWARN Basics Course.  The course will be held at the EOC on Wednesday April 3rd at 1900 hours.  A National Weather Service meteorologist will teach the class and provide related materials.  We will be attempting to schedule two classes a year from NOAA , and are Working with Fauquier County Emergency Management to combine efforts and offer the entire series over the next few years.  Starting with SKYWARN the basics and looking to host another in the series in the Fall.

This SKYWARN® Spotter Class is offered free of charge from the combined efforts of your local National Weather Service Forecast Office and Culpeper County Office of Emergency Services.
Registration can be done at
Further information and explanation of all the SKYWARN curriculum can be found at
Training Announcement Skywarn April 3 2019

3. G191 EOC/ICS Interface and G775 EOC Operations and Management
There are multiple offerings for these courses. Please see the flyers for details.
G191 Course Announcement March 2019 Alexandria
G191 Course Announcement April 2019 Manassas Park
G775 Course Announcement Alexandria April 2019
G775 Course Announcement Manassas Park June 2019

4. Individual Assistance Workshop
A two-day workshop will be held at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas May 1st and 2nd. Please see the flyer for details.

2. Statewide Tornado Drill

Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:45 a.m. 

VDEM will be promoting the drill on social media to encourage participants to register on the website (  The materials also includes information on tornado preparedness guide ( that encourages them to make a plan and be prepared whether they’re at work, home, school or traveling when a tornado strikes.
Tornado One Sheet (In House Printing and Digital Download)

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. What is a Multi-Agency Coordination System?

Multiagency Coordination System (MACS): A system that provides the architecture to support coordination for incident prioritization, critical resource allocation, communications systems integration, and information coordination. Multiagency Coordination Systems assist agencies and organizations responding to an incident.  The elements of a MACS include facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications. Two of the most commonly used elements are Emergency Operations Centers and MAC Groups.

Source: FEMA

The Regional Healthcare Coordination Center’ activities closely resembles a Multiagency Coordination System.