DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
April 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue...
MHRMental Health Resources

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In the aftermath of the explosions that occurred at the Boston Marathon, we wanted to highlight key mental health resources that are available for everyone.  


Emotions and feelings will likely come in waves over the next few days or weeks. As caring human beings we were never meant to see or observe what we did on Marathon Monday, and what we are experiencing is the result of that. 

WebinarsUpcoming Webinars
 Shelter Webinar  

Ready or Not? Evacuation and Sheltering Following Superstorm Sandy Coming Soon!


On October 27, 2012, New York's Nassau County Executive issued an order for the mandatory evacuation of the coastal regions of the County in response to the anticipated landfall of Superstorm Sandy. This executive order resulted in the transfer of individuals from one acute care hospital, five skilled nursing facilities, dozens of adult homes, and a general population of over 200,000 community residents.


Join Ann DeSimone and Shelly Schechter with the Nassau County Department of Health as they recount their lessons learned and best practices in planning, management and operation of evacuation and sheltering, and the integration of the Health Department within the local, State and Federal emergency response systems due to Superstorm Sandy.


May 30, 2013 1:00 PM EST


The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) identified a need to evaluate the readiness of its 140 medical centers and their affiliated Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) with the goal of making the VHA the most resilient healthcare system in the world.  This resulted in the Emergency Management Capability Assessment Program (EMCAP). 


In this webinar, the initiation, development and evolution of the EMCAP program and corresponding institutional learning will be reviewed including how to use and adapt EMCAP assessment tool for your own organization.  The EMCAP approach and tool, initially developed by Booze Allen Hamilton and then modified by the VHA to more specifically target their needs, could be used by any healthcare system to evaluate its own readiness and resiliency, enabling Emergency Mangers to objectively articulate the status of their emergency preparedness program and clearly define preparedness gaps. Register now!


featuredcourseFeatured Classroom Course

Core Disaster Life Support

This half-day competency-based, awareness level course is targeted towards a broad range of audience categories including Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, Public Health, Law Enforcement, and Fire Services. The course introduces both clinical and public health concepts and uses two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ and the DISASTER Paradigm™, to incorporate the "all-hazards" approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management. This course will not be offered again until Fall 2013. Register now!




"Amazing course. Will gladly take more."

"Course was great and extremely informative."






WMD Modules 1 and 2



All Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel - Awareness Modules I & II

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Various Dates
May 2, 2013

 ICS 400   



 First Responder/ Hazardous Worker Emergency Response - Defensive Operations

May 13-17, 2013

 ICS-400: Incident Command System for Emergency Management Directors, Chiefs, and Senior Leaders  

May 21-22, 2013

 All Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Workers - Operations

June 3-5, 2013








"Both instructors were extremely knowledgeable of subject matter and both encouraged group participation."





Visit our Learning Center for more information and to register for these online courses:



Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness  


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


Ready or Not? Evacuation and Sheltering following Superstorm Sandy



The delivery of DelValle Institute programs 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.
updatesEmergency Preparedness News, Updates and Affiliated Trainings

Assessing Medication, Mental Health & Cultural Needs Conference and Webinar

The Massachusetts Medical Society, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Medical Reserve Corps Unit of Massachusetts, is sponsoring a two-hour training on June 11th for physicians, nurses, behavioral health specialist, and other volunteer health professionals. The training will provide healthcare volunteers and emergency planners with the knowledge and tools to address medication management and mental/behavioral health issues that arise while volunteering at an emergency shelter. Participants may attend the conference in person or join the live webinar. For more information or to register for the training, visit


7 Tips for Delivering Effective Emergency Notifications

From Hurricanes Irene and Sandy to February's snow storm, large-scale weather-related events have become the new normal. Effectively with constituents during these and other emergencies is crucial. The President of Administrative Platforms for Blackboard Inc. has complied seven best practices for delivering emergency notifications - from limiting messages to 30-45 seconds to using the same person to record all messages for continuity. To learn about all seven tips, visit


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

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