DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
June 2013 Newsletter

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ReleasedJust Released: New Online Courses

 The DelValle Institute is pleased to announce the release of the following new online courses on our Learning Center.*

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Emergency Operations Planning (EOP): Awareness
According to the Joint Commission, all accredited healthcare institutions in the United States must conduct and annually review their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) - a plan which provides the comprehensive structure and processes used to respond to and recover from an event. Based on federal guidance and other best practices, this awareness course provides personnel involved in emergency preparedness and mitigation efforts with an overview of the EOP process as well as valuable planning resources. Take the course today!



Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Planning: Awareness
Has your healthcare organization identified and prepared for impacts to patient care, staff safety, facilities, and financial stability? Completing a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) allows organizations to identify natural and man-made hazards, the impact, and vulnerability associated with each hazard. This course uses the Kaiser Permanente Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment Tool as a model to provide an overview of how to develop and implement an HVA process. Take the course today!


Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Triage: Awareness
Based on use of the Simple Triage And Rapid Treatment (START) algorithm for adults and the JumpSTART algorithm for children, this interactive course provides an overview of mass casualty incident (MCI) management. Geared towards providers of varying clinical experience, this course will teach individuals to effectively and efficiently assign a triage category to MCI patients using guidelines based on changes in vital signs. Take the course today! 



Individuals who have pre-screened the new courses say:


"Really good, easy to navigate, and visually  
appealing. Bravo."

"Easy to follow and focused for the intended audience."


"Another excellent, excellent course!"


*All three courses offer OEMS and nursing continuing education credits. Users can now edit their profiles on the Learning Center to include their EMT numbers. Please see individual course pages for more information. 

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WMD Modules 1 and 2 


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

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Boston MRC Orientation
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"Very effective, informative. Instructors are
experienced, good teachers."

"Excellent course. I loved the balance between
class and practical exercises."



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


Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness  


Emergency Operations Planning (EOP): Awareness 




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.
EPNewsEmergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings
Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
Social media and collaborative technologies have become critical components of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. The Virtual Social Media Group, established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, recently developed a document on lessons learned related to social media during Hurricane Sandy. The 39-page document also discusses best practices, presents examples, identifies gaps in technology, and offers points requiring further discussion. To access the full document, visit 


Alerting the Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility

According to census data, it is possible that nearly 25% of the U.S. population may need some form of assistance or accommodation to receive emergency alerts. This month, FEMA published a short paper to demonstrate how the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) addresses the challenges of reaching the whole community. Although IPAWS cannot solve all of the challenges, the paper offers evidence that the system can mitigate them. To access the full document, 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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