DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
August 2013 Newsletter

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Knowledge_BaseJust Released: Knowledge Base

The DelValle Institute is pleased to announce the release of its Knowledge Base, a repository for emergency preparedness resources focused on Emergency Support Function 8 and related public safety topics. The following three topics are now available to all Learning Center account holders, with more topics in development. If you do not have a Learning Center account, sign up for free here. If you have suggestions on additional content to post on the knowledge base, please send them to us at  

  • Shelter Operations FNSS: Legal foundations, pre-planning elements, sample forms, best practices and lessons learned, and tools for providing Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) in general population shelters
  • Hospital-Based Decontamination: Steps to prepare, assess, build, and maintain a program including who to involve, training, equipment choice, and special circumstances in decontamination processes
  • Planning for the Diverse Needs of Communities: Resources focused on the Whole Community Emergency Planning Framework 
Class_CourseFeatured Classroom Course


With the Atlantic hurricane season peaking in late August through September, this timely two-part lecture will cover two Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF-8) responses following large impact hurricanes. Join Aaron Kite-Powell and Dr. Ricky Kue as they present specifically on public health and medical services responses, using their personal experiences as examples. Register now for this one time offering!  

Upcoming_CoursesUpcoming Courses




WMD Modules 1 and 2
Various Dates
Various Dates
September 12, 2013
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September 25-27, 2013
September 26, 2013
Basic Disaster Life Support(BDLS®)
October 10, 2013
October 30, 2013
November 20-22, 2013

"Class was efficient and useful. Thanks."

"Very engaging and informative."

Visit our Learning Center for more information on eLearning opportunities:

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

Boston Emergency Management Summit 2013

The Boston Emergency Management Summit will be held on September 26, 2013 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The event will gather top leaders in emergency management, public safety, and homeland security and provide a forum to share best practices, renew relationships, and work on new solutions in Massachusetts for both anticipated and unanticipated problems. To view the event agenda and registration information, visit


Crowdsourcing Disasters and Social Engagement Multiplied

The digital team at FEMA recently launched a number of new tools to help the public prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. These tools include a new FEMA App with a Disaster Reporter feature as well as FEMA's Social Hub, a centralized location where current social media conversations are featured. For more information on these tools, 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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