DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
October 2014 Newsletter

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 Featured Courses ● Upcoming Courses ● Online Learning 

 Emergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings ● Partners 

cybersecurityOctober is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October 2014 marks the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), designed to "engage and educate the public and private sector partners... by raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident." Cybersecurity is described in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) core capabilities list as the ability to "protect against damage to, the unauthorized use of, and/or the exploitation of electronic communications systems and services (and information contained therein)." As in other industry sectors, public health and healthcare agencies depend upon digital technology for critical operations, making cybersecurity an important security priority. We have compiled a short list of resources to help you learn more:
  • Join the conversation on social media: Follow #NCSAM conversation on Twitter throughout the month to learn more about cybersecurity issues.
  • Download resources from LLIS: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides a wealth of information related to cybersecurity on its Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) site, including planning guides and tools, response guides, and training resources. To view the complete list of resources, click here.
  • Review resources compiled by the American Hospital Association (AHA): The AHA has compiled a list of resources specific to hospitals, many of which can be applied to other healthcare environments. Click here to view the AHA cybersecurity page.
  • Sign up to receive tips, advisories, and alerts: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) provides tips on common security issues for non-technical computer users. Click here to receive these security tips in your inbox. In addition, the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) works to reduce risks within and across all critical infrastructure sectors, including healthcare. Click here to receive advisories and alerts from ICS-CERT.
  • Take an online course: The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is a founding member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC). In partnership with DHS and FEMA, TEEX offers several awareness level online trainings on cybersecurity, at no cost. There are three online tracks, tailored for anyone, from general audiences to IT professionals and business professionals. All courses provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For more information on TEEX cybersecurity courses, click here.

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Shaping the Future of Statewide Training:  An opportunity to guide preparedness training and education across the Commonwealth

October 30, 2014

Agawam, MA

COOP Classroom

What does the future of public health and healthcare preparedness education look like in Massachusetts? With the formation of Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions (HMCCs) on the horizon, what are our highest priority performance challenges to address through training and education? How can we deliver this training and education in a format that is accessible to the greatest number of stakeholders. Join us to explore these key questions and their implications for the future of statewide training.

In July 2014, the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness was awarded contract by the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management at MDPH to serve as the statewide Emergency Preparedness Education and Training Center, and was tasked with providing education and training opportunities to support public health and healthcare preparedness across the Commonwealth. This workshop assembles stakeholders and allows them to envision the future of statewide training. The workshop will run in Eastern Massachusetts in spring 2015, and its findings will be used to drive development of learning opportunities over the next few years. Click here to register!

 Incident Management for Hospitals *NEW ONLINE COURSE*


This new interactive course provides an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), as well as additional incident management concepts for healthcare organizations. The course is delivered through three 20-minute modules: the first two review the basics of HICS and Incident Action Planning, and the third presents a simulated scenario that exposes healthcare leaders to the dynamics and pressures of incident response involving an influx of casualties and possible damage to facility infrastructure. The content provides foundational information compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is based on principles from The Joint Commission Emergency Management standards. This course is intended for participants new to incident management concepts, as well as those looking to deepen their understanding of their application. Click here to take the course! 


Emergency Planning for the Whole Community

November 19, 2014

Attleboro, MA

Community resilience begins with inclusive planning and collective engagement, as demonstrated by recent emergencies. Whether planning for a single organization, jurisdiction, or complex system, the Whole Community approach provides a strategy for integrating the needs and contributions of diverse groups into the planning process.

This course provides an overview of how social factors link to vulnerability and poor health outcomes after a disaster, as well as national guidance that supports emergency planning and related legal requirements. Participants will also review access and functional needs categories, and learn about how they, along with social determinants of vulnerability, can be incorporated into emergency management functions. By planning for inclusion using the Whole Community approach, and engaging in broad discussions with stakeholders, participants will be able to apply strategies and methods to stop planning for easy and begin planning for the real, diverse make-up of communities. Participants will walk away with a toolkit of best practices, lessons learned, and online resources. Click
here to register!

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Two years ago, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) launched a free app called Ping4Alerts. Since then, the app has alerted residents of severe weather, hazardous material incidents, evacuation orders, shelter-in-place orders, Amber Alerts, unsafe drinking water supplies, and other types of incidents and disasters.

On September 1st, MEMA officially launched the next generation of its free app, called Massachusetts Alerts. Massachusetts Alerts, which still utilizes Ping4Alerts' platform and technology, is customized for Massachusetts and allows MEMA and other public safety agencies to provide emergency notifications. The app also provides preparedness tips and information, and directs users to online resources to help prepare for, manage during, and recover from a range of natural, technological, and man-made hazards.

We encourage you to download Massachusetts Alerts today. The app is available for Apple ( and Android Smartphones (


The DelValle 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 Headquarters
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 343-1370 Fax: (617) 343-1121
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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



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