DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
October 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue...
CommPrepFeatured Classroom Course
Applicable for a wide audience, this full-day course highlights the importance of planning efforts that integrate the diverse needs of populations. Through a combination of lecture, videos, and interactive group work, the course introduces the Whole Community Emergency Planning Framework and outlines the role and responsibility of emergency management and ESF #8 stakeholders in supporting inclusive emergency planning for communities. Participants will walk away with a wealth of resources including best practices, lessons learned, and contact information that will help them strengthen their planning processes to protect the diverse needs of communities in the event of a disaster. Log into the Learning Center today to reserve a spot!   

"It was an 'eye-opener' - lots of different aspects to consider. It is a big job!"

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

WebinarUpcoming Webinar
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): Implementation and Training
Coming in November!

By December 1, 2013, over 43 million workers across the country will need to be trained on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS, which is being implemented worldwide, provides standardized label elements assigned by hazard class and category as well as a standardized format of Safety Data Sheets (SDS). To improve the safety and health of workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to bring the United States into alignment with this new system.

This awareness-level webinar provides an overview of the GHS implementation in the United States, and summarizes the OSHA training requirement for the December 1st compliance deadline.

Don't miss this timely webinar designed for managers and supervisors tasked with meeting this new OSHA mandate! Watch for an announcement and registration link on the Learning Center,

Upcoming_CoursesUpcoming Courses


WMD Modules 1 and 2
Various Dates
Various Dates
Diverse Needs Webinar
October 30, 2013
November 5, 2013

December 5, 2013 and December 10, 2013

"Well balanced descriptions and explanations drawing from experience and current topic research/procedures."

"I have taken this course for years. [The instructor] is superb."

elearningOnline Learning  

Visit our Learning Center for more information on eLearning opportunities:

Online Courses 


Community Preparedness Basics: Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy. 


Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness  


Emergency Operations Planning (EOP): Awareness 




  • Shelter Operations FNSS 
  • Hospital-Based Decontamination 
  • Planning for the Diverse Needs of Communities 


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.
Updates_OPHPEmergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings 

Emergency Risk Communication in Practice

Communicating effectively about risk is a critical part of managing crises. Jointly developed by the Center of Excellence for Emergency Preparedness Education & Training (CEEPET), the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, and the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts, this four-hour training provides participants with the tools to create effective messages. For more information or to register for the October 22nd training, visit  


Twitter Alerts for Emergencies

Last month Twitter announced a new feature that will allow users to receive emergency information directly from vetted, credible organizations. Called Twitter Alerts, the feature will be used to share critical information during incidents to keep people safe and well-informed. Participating U.S. organizations include the American Red Cross, FEMA regions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local agencies such as the Boston Police Department. To learn more about the alerts, visit 


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


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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