November 28 – December 4, 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. Ron Clinedinst is the duty officer for December. 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. 

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

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The Express: November 2022

This issue of The Express highlights the following resources:

  • Pediatric Surge Resources Page
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Incorporating Lessons Learned in Managing Special Pathogens (Webinar)
  • Healthcare Coalition Topic Collections (Updated)
  • Disaster Available Supplies in Hospitals: Demonstration of the DASH Tool
  • Avian Influenza Quick Facts

 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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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

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1. Resource Typing Update (FEMA Releases Public Health Incident Response Documents)
FEMA has published updates to five public health resource typing documents related to Medical Countermeasure Points of Dispensing (MCM PODs). MCM PODs are facilities set up for mass dispensing of medications and vaccines to targeted populations. This update integrates the latest best practices into the National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource typing definition for the MCM POD team, and the position qualifications for the personnel who comprise the team. These resource typing documents enhance the interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid by establishing baseline qualifications for MCM POD NIMS-typed teams. This facilitates sharing deployable resources at all jurisdictional levels.
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2. 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

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1. FEMA Economic Recovery Training
We have two in person course opportunities at VDEM Headquarters. The registration links are below.

Creating Economic Resilience: Preparing the Business Community (Part II) MGT-485
December 5, 2022
8:00am – 3:00pm

FEMA Economic Recovery Training MGT-483
December 6, 2022
8:00am – 4:00pm

The prerequisite for these two courses is AWR-414 which is offered virtually. Registration for these courses can be completed by clicking the link Creating Economic Resilience: A Whole Community Approach AWR-414-V
We have two AWR-414 courses upcoming on November 15 and 29 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm. If those cannot be completed, there is a recorded webinar that can be accessed through the same platform.

2. 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

3. 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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4. 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

5. 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:



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Training Calendar

SKYWARN® – Basics
Attend the SKYWARN class to become an official National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington D.C. SKYWARN Weather Spotter. Warren County Fire and Rescue is partnering with the National Weather Service to provide free training, to anyone in the community. 
Where: 200 Skyline Vista Dr 200 Skyline Vista Drive Front Royal, VA 22630
When: December 16, 2022
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register Here

1. DeVos Children’s Hospital Makes Emergency Request to Add Beds Amid RSV Surge
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based DeVos Children’s Hospital has filed an emergency request with the state health department to add 48 additional beds as it grapples with a surge of patients sick with respiratory syncytial virus, local news outlets reported Nov. 21. 
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. Like ‘an old Western movie bar fight,’ Supply Issues are Relentless, Devicemakers Say
Medical device manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand as inflation-driven costs for raw materials shrink their profits, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 13. . 
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Source: Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. 2 Oregon Hospitals Declare Crisis Standards of Care due to RSV
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, both in Portland, Ore., declared crisis standards of care on Nov 22.
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Source: Mariah Taylor of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. White House Announces Big Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccination Push and Providers Push Back
The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a six-week $475 million campaign to raise the COVID-19 vaccination rate among nursing home residents, and the sector’s leaders responded immediately with a unified demand for shared responsibility by other providers and stakeholders. “CMS will make clear that nursing homes with low vaccination rates will be referred to state survey agencies for close scrutiny, and that facilities that do not comply with the requirement to offer and educate on the benefit of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations will face enforcement actions, including the need to submit corrective action plans to achieve compliance,” the White House statement said.
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Source: Joe Bush of McKnights Long-Term Care News