DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
May 2013 Newsletter

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 Shelter Webinar   

Ready or Not? Evacuation and Sheltering Following Superstorm Sandy

May 21, 2013 11:00 AM EST


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. Register now!


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!


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Continuity of Operations Planning Made Practical

This 6-hour course will provide individuals involved in continuity of operations (COOP) planning in healthcare institutions, with the framework, processes, recommended strategies, best practices, and templates to apply to their organizational or departmental COOP plans. Participants will learn how the core COOP planning phases (Assess, Build, and Maintain) can be used to both develop and maintain COOP plans, while continuously underscoring the importance of COOP plans as vital tools used to ensure the restoration and maintenance of essential services and operations following an incident. This course will not be offered again until Fall 2013. Register now!




"Great knowledge of COOP. Great examples. Great organization of class."





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WMD Modules 1 and 2 

ICS 400    


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

Various Dates

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

May 21-22, 2013



COOP Classroom 


Boston MRC Orientation

Various Dates

  Continuity of Operations Planning Made Practical

June 25, 2013








"The class was a great tool for the future. Everyone can use this class in this field."






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


Assessing Readiness: Emergency Management Capability Assessment for Healthcare Webinar


Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness 



Ready or Not? Evacuation and Sheltering following Superstorm Sandy Webinar 



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.
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Disaster Sheltering for Companion Animals Training

The Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR) is hosting two offerings - May 20-21 in Everett and May 22-23 in Quincy - of a two-day training facilitated by the American Humane Association. Designed for organizations that may support shelter operations within any of the nine communities of the MBHSR, the course covers topics ranging from identifying viable locations for emergency animal shelters to legal issues and liability to disposition of animals. Space is limited for both sessions. For more information or to register for the training, visit


Building a Safer Tomorrow Conference

From May 28-29, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will be presenting the 2013 Statewide Emergency Management Conference in Worcester, MA. Through interactive presentations, panel discussions, and demonstrations, experts from a variety of fields will showcase and share model practices, discuss planning and response tools and technologies, and share lessons learned from recent events. For more information or to register for the conference, visit


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


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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