DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness Newsletter
February 2013
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Upcoming Webinar

Planning for Real - Emergency Planning Focused on the Needs of People
March 28, 2013 1:00 PM EST

Do you know how to "plan for real"? During this one-hour webinar, participants will learn how to identify people who are most vulnerable in the community, and therefore, the most likely to be impacted by disasters. The session will review categories of people at risk, how to approach the development of a community profile, and how to use community data profiles to strengthen emergency planning targeted to those individuals most at risk. Log into the Learning Center to register now!

Featured Classroom Course

Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS)

A joint effort between the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness and the Research, Training, and Quality Improvement (RTQI) department at Boston EMS, this full day course includes a review of the all-hazards topics including natural and accidental man made events, traumatic and explosive events, nuclear and radiological events, biological events, and chemical events. Participants - ranging from emergency medical service personnel, public health personnel, and healthcare providers, including allied health services - will learn valuable information on the health care professional's role in the public health and incident management systems, community mental health, and the special needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. The course will not be offered again until Fall 2013. Register now!


 WMD Modules 1 and 2 
Various Dates
This 8-hour course is delivered in two Modules: Module I, is 3.5 hours, and is primarily lecture. The content includes recognition of and initial defensive response actions to a chemical, biologic, radiologic, nuclear, explosive or natural disaster. Module II is a 3.5 hour practical training that expands on Module I and brings the responder to Operations Level training.


This course is available to be hosted at your agency site. If your agency is interested in hosting this course please contact the DelValle Institute at or contact Lt. Brian Pomodoro at for more information.


June 4 - June 6, 2013
This three-day course provides awareness and operations level training for responding to weapons of mass destruction and/or hazardous materials incidents in health care settings. Through classroom and hands-on activities, participants will learn to recognize hazards, respond defensively, and effectively isolate, decontaminate and manage contaminated patients...
March 11, 2013
This 3.5 hour course provides an overview of HICS and applies the components in a practical and useable manner. In addition, the course reviews recommendations for establishing an effective Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and specifies how critical emergency planning efforts are interlinked...
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March 13, 2013
The goal of Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) is to develop a commonality of approach and language in the healthcare community, improving the care and coordination of response in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) disasters and public health emergencies...
     COOP Classroom
June 25, 2013
This course will provide individuals involved in continuity of operations (COOP) planning in healthcare institutions with a framework, processes, recommended strategies, best practices, and templates to apply to their organizational and departmental COOP plans...
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May 2, 2013
The CDLS® Course v.3.0 is a competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies...
     Diverse Needs 
Emergency Planning for the Diverse Needs of Communities
April 3, 2013
April 11, 2013
This course will emphasize the role and responsibility of emergency management and ESF 8 stakeholders to become aware of, recognize, and incorporate the diverse needs of their communities into emergency management processes including an overview of the national guidance and legal foundations that support and/or require these actions. The course will provide examples of best practices, lessons identified, tools, web-based resources, diverse needs concepts, and contact information that will help participants to strengthen their planning processes to protect the diverse needs of communities in the event of a disaster...
First Responder/ Hazardous Worker Emergency Response - Defensive Operations
May 13 - May 17, 2013

This five-day, 40-hour course provides awareness and technician level training for responding to weapons of mass destruction, toxic industrial chemicals and/or CBRNE hazardous incidents that create health and physical risk to response personnel...
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ICS-300: Incident Command System for Supervisory Personnel, Non-Supervisory Personnel Involved in Planning
March 6 - March 8, 2013
ICS-300 a three-day, on site course, designed for personnel who will supervise others and for non-supervisory personnel who may be involved in planning. This course describes how the NIMS Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, and how supervisors plan for and develop incident action plans for expanding incidents... 
March 6, 2013
This 6-hour course will provide ESF 8 supporting agencies with a framework for the consideration of Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) in shelter planning and operations as outlined by FEMA guidance issued in November 2010. FNSS services enable individuals to maintain their independence in a general population shelter...
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Various Dates

Learn what it means to be a Boston MRC volunteer! Orientation prepares you to volunteer in an emergency or at a special event such as the Boston Marathon. Successful completion of this course enables you to take advanced MRC training programs.


The delivery of these courses is supported through grant funding from (1) U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Homeland Security Grant Program, (2) the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program, and (3) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. Please visit the course(s) of interest for more information on target audiences or click here to learn more about funding.



Diverse Needs Webinar



Online Courses  

For more information about our online courses please click on the links below.

 Coop Awareness   


Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness

     Emergency Risk 
      ICS JIT

  Incident Command System (ICS): Just-in-Time Training

     Pathways Prep



The delivery of these courses is supported through grant funding from (1) U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Homeland Security Grant Program, (2) the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program, and (3) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. Please visit the course(s) of interest for more information on target audiences or click here to learn more about funding.

Emergency Preparedness News, Updates and Affiliated Trainings

VEOCI Software a Success During Superstorm Sandy

The New Haven emergency operations center (EOC) used new web-based software to handle over 900 reports of problems during Superstorm Sandy. The locally developed tool, called VEOCI, allows emergency managers to better communicate with one another in real time using smartphones, tablets, and computers. VEOCI's interface allows users to share messages, submit images, upload documents, telephone en masse, and automatically generate Google maps, among other things. To learn more about New Haven's use of VEOCI, visit


Special Needs and Tornadoes: A Joplin Story

It has been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011. The community continues the rebuilding process with the help of programs such as The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), a nonprofit organization providing a variety of services and resources to help individuals with disabilities live independently in their own homes. TILC is one of seven programs chosen as a promising example of FEMA's Whole Community Approach to emergency management. To learn more about TILC and how the tornado affected one of its former clients and now current employee, visit


Hospital Active Shooter Exercise Series

The Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative has two HSEEP compliant exercises specifically related to hospital active shooters. The Sickbay Security - An Active Shooter Response Exercise and the Medical Mayhem - An Active Shooter Consequence Management Exercise are both designed to provide an opportunity for hospital management and staff, along with a hospital's emergency response partners, to work through the myriad of challenges associated with responding to and recovering from such an event. The participation cost for each exercise is $500 for the entire Hospital Incident Command Team. For more information on this exercise series, visit


Catastrophic Power Outages Pose Significant Recovery Challenges

Power outages have become more prevalent during recent disasters. The Joplin tornado resulted in power loss to the city's hospitals as well as its water supplier. Superstorm Sandy took down large portions of power in the Northeast. The recent Snowstorm Nemo forced various healthcare and water pump facilities to rely on generator power to sustain themselves over the weekend. Many communities struggled for weeks to recover, however what if those weeks had stretched to months and encompassed entire regions? Catastrophic power outage is a real possibility, one that poses significant challenges to the emergency management community. Measures need to be taken now to avoid or at least mitigate the detrimental effects of such a power outage. These measures can include educating citizens, reminding them to keep electric devices charged, urging them to make partial conversions to solar energy in their homes, and alerting them in advance about locations of emergency shelters. To learn more about other measures to take, on the individual and municipal level, visit 


Textizen - Engaging the Community
Textizen is a new software tool designed to engage citizens by eliciting feedback and input. The software, which is free during their public beta, allows users to create SMS-based surveys to disseminate to the public. This platform allows anyone with a basic mobile phone to participate in the survey. Textizen not only displays the survey responses in real time, it also catalogues them for future use. To learn more about this tool, visit 

Focus on the DelValle Institute

Nicole NaudeNicole Naudé, Administrative Analyst 

The DelValle Institute is proud to welcome Nicole Naudé to the staff. As the new Administrative Analyst, Nicole facilitates registration, provides logistical support, and disseminates promotional materials for the multitude of classroom and eLearning courses delivered through the Institute. She also assists in maintaining and updating the Institute's growing Learning Center.


Prior to joining the DelValle Institute, Nicole held multiple roles in the health policy and education reform fields. She simultaneously served as both a Policy Intern with the New York State Task force on Life and the Law, and as a 7th and 8th Grade Academic Specialist and Tutor with the Children's Aid Society. While obtaining her M.A. in Bioethics from New York University, she also worked with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York supporting the efforts of the Lower East Side Nurse Family Partnership.


When she isn't busy settling into her new role at the Institute, Nicole enjoys many outdoor activities including backpacking, bicycling, and hiking. Nicole is also an avid runner and hopes to run a marathon in the near future. Until then, as a native South African, Nicole enjoys watching cricket.


The DelValle Institute is pleased to have someone of Nicole's professionalism join our staff. Welcome Nicole!


The Institute has great partners in emergency preparedness trainings for public health and healthcare providers in Massachusetts: 

DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 343-1370 Fax: (617) 343-1121

Boston EMS, the provider of emergency medical services for the City of Boston, is committed to compassionately delivering excellent pre-hospital care and to protecting the safety and health of the public. The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is a program of Boston EMS, a Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission. 


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