DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
November 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue...
CommPrepFeatured Classroom Course
Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) 
December 5, 2013 - Fairhaven, MA
December 10, 2013 - Boston, MA
Applicable for a broad range of audience categories including Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, Public Health, Law Enforcement, and Fire Services, this half-day course introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies. The competency-based, awareness level course 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. Log into the Learning Center today to reserve a spot for either offering!   

"Great course, instructors were very knowledgeable." 

"The DISASTER paradigm provided the most operational knowledge of how to respond during a disaster."

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2013 Boston Bombings Response & Recovery Infographic

In the aftermath of the April 15, 2013 Boston bombings, the full range of activities required to support community recovery was not always conveyed in published media accounts given the complexities of the situation. The Office of Public Health Preparedness produced an infographic to tell the story of the response and recovery from a public health perspective. The 2013 Boston Bombings Response & Recovery infographic includes notifications and EMS patient transports during the initial response, as well as public health and support services provided through the first few months of the recovery. See the infographic at

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WMD Modules 1 and 2
Various Dates
Various Dates

December 5, 2013 and December 10, 2013
January 16, 2014

"I really enjoyed the class and the hands-on training was great. I'll take a lot from this class to my future job."

"I look forward to using [the provided Resource Guide] in our preparations."

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 

Court Says New York Neglected Disabled in Emergencies

On November 7, 2013 a federal judge ruled that New York City was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. According to the ruling, during both Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy the city violated the rights of its roughly 900,000 residents with disabilities by failing to accommodate for their needs. The judge's 119-page ruling focuses heavily on the city's evacuation plans during emergencies. Other issues brought up by the ruling include the topics of accessible shelters as well as information dissemination for people with disabilities. To read more about the ruling, visit 


Risk of Cyber Attacks on the Healthcare Sector Leave Public Health of Communities Vulnerable

Although National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October) is over, the risk of cyber attacks on the healthcare sector is still present. A cyber attack on a healthcare facility can be devastating not only for the facility itself, but for the community at large. This post organizes the impact of cyber attacks on healthcare facilities into three categories: losses of confidentiality, losses of integrity, and losses of availability. To learn more about cyber attacks and read the full post, visit  


Google and San Francisco Launch Real-Time Crisis Map

Representing a significant advancement in emergency mapping, San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management and, the search engine's charitable arm, recently launched Crisis Mode, a real-time crisis map. Unlike similar maps aimed at preparing citizens following an emergency, Crisis Mode is always available, not only after the emergency occurs. The map's constant presence promotes both awareness and familiarity of the site for the public, so residents are ready when an actual emergency occurs. Crisis Mode is currently running in conjunction with SF72, an open source digital platform, and provides crowdsourced updates, official updates, and transportation status. To learn more or to view the map, 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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