DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
March 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue...
JustReleasedJust Released: New Knowledge Base Topic

Initial Release: Social Media Before, During, and After Emergencies


Over the last decade, social media has become an imperative communication and situational awareness tool for emergency preparedness, response, and support of long term recovery efforts. The initial release of this new knowledge base topic focuses on key principles and strategies to help build social media into routine communications. It also contains vital information and resources - including classification of various types of social media platforms - necessary for the integration of social media into agency communications plans before, during, and after emergencies. Best practices and lessons learned sections will be included in a future release.  


FeaturedClassCourseFeatured Classroom Course
Emergency Planning for the Diverse Needs of Communities

April 9, 2014 - Bridgewater, MA

April 10, 2014 - Chelmsford, MA


This full-day course uses FEMA's Whole Community Emergency Planning Framework to highlight the importance of planning efforts that integrate the diverse needs of populations. Through a combination of facilitated discussions, videos, and interactive group work, this course outlines the role and responsibility of emergency management and ESF #8 stakeholders in supporting inclusive emergency planning for communities. Participants will walk away with an exhaustive Resource Guide consisting of best practices, tools, 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 for either offering!


"I look forward to using this [resource] guide in our preparations"


"[Instructor] stayed connected with her audience, knows material"

PatientTrackingUpcoming Webinar

Patient Tracking: Behind the Scenes of Family Reunification and Patient Support

March 27, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 


Join Alison Parmar, Chair of the COBTH Emergency Management Committee, and the Office of Public Health Preparedness' Stacey Kokaram in this one-hour webinar as they highlight the critical role that patient tracking plays in family reunification and the provision of resources for long term support. The webinar will outline various types of patient tracking methods and describe the larger structure in which patient tracking is integrated. Examples from the 2013 Boston Marathon will also be used to illustrate the importance of patient tracking in reunifying families and providing patient care during mass casualty incidents.

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WMD Modules 1 and 2   

All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare

Personnel - Awareness Modules I & II

May 29, 2014

June 9, 2014

  Boston MRC Orientation
Various Dates

Coop Awareness
Diverse Needs Webinar


March 24, 2014-
 March 28, 2014 

 "Excellent, interactive session"

"Presented in the best manner possible"

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 

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Planning: Awareness




The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. DelValle Institute is funded through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, visit the Learning Center at

EPEmergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings

It Takes a Team: The 2013 Boston Marathon: Preparing for and Recovering From a Mass-Casualty Event 

This month, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy and the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery jointly published a special report explaining how multidisciplinary healthcare teams prepared for, responded to, and helped survivors rebuild their lives after the Boston Marathon bombings. The 56-page report entitled It Takes a Team: The 2013 Boston Marathon: Preparing for and Recovering From a Mass-Casualty Event highlights the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS, including the DelValle Institute, the Office of Public Health Preparedness, the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center. It also reveals best practices and learnings from the work of many of our stakeholders, partners, and colleagues. To download the special report, visit 


Idea Challenge for Emergency Response

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an idea challenge to help communities support patients who depend on durable medical equipment (DME) during emergencies. Last month, HHS selected three solutions as winners of the challenge. Each solution created a system that could signal the location and status of life-sustaining DME. This information would then allow patients and caregivers to prepare and respond to prevent low batteries during emergencies. To read more about each winning solution, visit


National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Last week during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2-8, 2014), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) highlighted the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. Their Be A Force of Nature: Take the Next Step campaign outlined three simple steps that individuals should take to prepare themselves in the event of a weather disaster: know your risk, take action, and be an example. To read more about the steps, 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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