DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
December 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue...
ClassFeatured Classroom Course
Applicable for staff from a wide variety of healthcare organizations, this 3.5 hour course provides an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). Through a combination of lecture and scenarios, the course applies the components of HICS in a practical and usable manner. The content incorporates lessons learned and best practices from regional and national organizations' recent disaster responses. Log into the Learning Center today to reserve a spot!   

"Made me feel better prepared for emergencies. Made senior leadership more prepared for emergencies." 

"Very well organized."
HIPAAFeatured Webinar

HIPAA in Emergencies: The Federal Perspective

January 15, 2014 11:00 AM EST   

During this webinar, the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will discuss the role of HIPAA through the response and recovery phases of an emergency. The information provided in this webinar will assist organizations in the decision-making process when presented with a request for information. In addition, this webinar will include guidance on sharing patient information with appropriate entities to support recovery efforts following an emergency. The content will incorporate lessons learned and best practices from recent emergencies throughout the country. Spots are limited so log into the Learning Center to register today!    
SOUpcoming Webinar
Healthcare Safety Officer in Incident Response
February 6, 2014 11:00 AM EST
Save the Date!

During an incident response, deployment of Safety Officer positions is critical to ensuring staff and patient safety. This one-hour webinar will review the role, responsibilities, and authority of the Safety Officers within the Incident Command System specific to the healthcare setting, including hospitals, community health centers, and long term care facilities. The webinar will review safety guidelines for incident response in a healthcare facility and apply them to a series of safety scenarios. In addition, participants will be provided with resources for learning more on this topic. Save the date and look out for this webinar to be posted on the Learning Center soon.

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WMD Modules 1 and 2
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May 15, 2014

"Great information w/ real world examples to make points on subject matter."

"Wonderful, serious presentations. To the point."

elearningOnline Learning  

Visit our Learning Center for more information on online learning 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 

Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Planning

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, will be hosting a two-day pilot course from January 28-29, 2014 in Dedham, MA. Facilitated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the training will address pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations through a combination of lectures, group exercises, and a table-top exercise. For more information and to register, visit 


A Recipe for Readiness

National Preparedness Month in September is not the only time individuals can focus on preparing for emergencies. From family time to holiday shopping, the month of December can become an ideal time for household preparedness activities. This post outlines six reasons why the holidays make emergency planning easy. To learn more about the six reasons and read the full post, 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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