November 21-27, 2022











1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ashley Shifflett is the duty officer for November. Should you need assistance from the RHCC, please call 1-855-469-7422. To request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mobile medical assets, or other equipment from the RHCC, please send an email request to

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition monthly meeting for December (8th) will be virtual using our RingCentral conference line. 

Credit: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Credit: Virginia Department of Health

1. COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.
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2. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health offers a weekly report that tracks visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for influenza-like illness.
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Credit: Health & Human Services

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

         Credit: Hospital Preparedness Program




 Clinician Outreach Communication Activity - Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.
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Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

1. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

2. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

3. Medical Device Shortage Update

Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Credit: U.S. Fire Administration

 Credit: U.S. Fire Administration


1. NIMS Alert 24-22
FEMA published the National Continuous Improvement Guidance, which provides an approach to conduct consistent and rigorous continuous improvement activities before, during and after real-world incidents. The guidance is intended for the whole community, including state, local, tribal and territorial partners; nongovernmental organizations; the private sector; and other organizations with emergency management functions. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to launch the National Continuous Improvement Guidance

  • Webinar 1: 1 – 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 1. (Guest Speaker: MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Administrator)
  • Webinar 2: 12 – 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 7. (Guest Speaker: John Benson, Director, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
  • Webinar 3: 4 – 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 17. (Guest Speaker: Melanie Bartis, Deputy Coordinator, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
  • Webinar 4 – Spanish-speaking session: 11 a.m. – 12 noon ET on Dec. 2. (Guest Speakers: Jose Marchand, Lead Continuity Analyst, and Michelle Ortiz, Continuous Improvement Coordinator, FEMA Region 2, Puerto Rico Caribbean Area Office)
  • Webinar 5: 10 – 11 a.m. ET on Dec. 13. (Guest Speaker: Clint Osborn, Deputy Director, District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency)

To register for a webinar, please visit

2. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 46

  • Webinar: Drones as First Responders – How Public Safety can Leverage Drones for any Type of Incident 
  • Cyber Threats
  • more

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Credit: Virginia Department of Emergency Management

1. G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface
This one day course works best when delivered to Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center personnel from the same community. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface. Prerequisites: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents. Required for Advanced Professional Series certification.

Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 18, 2023

2. V450 ICS Train-the-Trainer
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization. Participants will learn valuable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Participants will review the content of each ICS course and develop teaching and facilitation strategies to support the delivery of ICS courses within their agency or organization. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will be authorized to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS for Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Participants completing V450 must be available as an ICS Sponsored Instructor for at least 12 months after completing this class.
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 25-26, 2023
8:00am to 4:30pm
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3. G205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role
This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 31 – February 1, 2023

4. Region 3 National Emergency Management Basic Academy
The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the essential program for individuals committed to emergency management as a professional goal. Similar to basic academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy provides learners with a broad foundation in emergency management policy and practice.
Where: Liberty University in Lynchburg
(L0101) Foundations of Emergency Management – August 14-18, 2023
(L0102) Science of Disaster – September 19-21, 2023
(L0103) Planning: Emergency Operations – October 17-18, 2023
(L0146) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) – November 15-16, 2023
(L0105) Public Information and Warning – December 12-14, 2023
To view current offerings and register for these courses, please log in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center:



Credit: 123RF

Training Calendar

See the above training calendar link for future course offerings.

1. White House to Extend PHE Designation Through April Reports Say
The federal government will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration until at least April, according to published reports.
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Source: James M. Berklan of McKnights Long-Term Care News 

2. Agencies Alert Organizations to Iranian-Sponsored Cyberthreat 
TheCybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency and FBI today advised organizations to protect VMware Horizon servers from a Log4Shell vulnerability recently exploited by Iranian-sponsored actors.
Source: AHAToday 

3. Pediatric Groups Urge Biden to Issue National Emergency Over Respiratory Viruses
The Children’s Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics are calling on federal officials to declare a national and public health emergency to free up resources and give hospitals more flexibility to respond to an “alarming surge of pediatric hospitalizations” from respiratory syncytial virus and flu.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Healthcare Leaders Share Thoughts on How Hospitals can Invest in Workplace Safety
Most often, in the wake of tragedy, leaders get together to discuss what could have been done to prevent such a shocking incident, but what if that plan were already in place?
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Source: Amanda Schiavo of  healthleaders

5. Updated: 22 States Petition CMS to Repeal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers
A coalition of 22 states led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R), today formally called on the Biden administration to withdraw its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for nursing home workers and other healthcare workers in Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities, as well as all related guidance.
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Source: Lois A. Bowers of McKnights Senior Living