DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
November 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue...

November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

● New Training Videos Featured Courses ● Upcoming Courses ● Online Learning 

 Emergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings ● Partners 

securityNovember is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month
The nation's health, welfare, and safety rely on the preservation of critical infrastructure - that means you! The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines critical infrastructure as "the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States" that destruction of such structures or systems would impact national security, economic security, public health, and safety. As Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services, you and your agency are considered to be one of the most essential components of critical infrastructure in the United States.

The role of critical infrastructure is further laid out in the Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21). PPD-21 identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including the Healthcare and Public Health Sector. We encourage you to view the Sector-Specific Plan for Healthcare and Public Health, which identifies assets, systems, networks, risks, and tools to develop and implement resilience strategies.

VideosNew Training Videos!
Over the summer, we worked to film and produce videos on a variety of decontamination topics. These videos will be used to augment practical training in our All-Hazards Modules I & II and Module III courses.

We are excited to share the first of these videos with you in this edition of our newsletter. This video demonstrates a time-lapse set-up of a decontamination tent. You will see staff members assemble a complete decontamination tent set-up, from rolling out equipment, to preparing the shower and water systems, to establishing the perimeter. Be sure to stay on the lookout for the release of additional videos in upcoming newsletters and courses! To view this video, click here.

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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!

All-Hazards Disaster Response & Protection for Healthcare Personnel-Awareness Modules I & II

December 8, 2014
Boston, MA 

WMD Mod 1 & 2

This 8-hour course is delivered in two Modules: Module I, 3.5 hours and primarily lecture, focuses on the recognition of and initial defensive response actions to a chemical, biologic, radiologic, nuclear, explosive, or natural disaster. Module II is a 3.5 hour practical training that expands on Module I and brings the responder to Operations Level training. Module II covers the use of Level C Personal Protective Equipment, including Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) and the Level-C protective garment. Students will learn the proper assembly, donning and doffing of Level-C protective equipment as well as the correct application and limitations of this equipment. To register for this course, click here!

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning: Awareness

Coop Awareness

This one-hour online course provides an overview of the continuity of operations (COOP) planning process. Participants will gain a summary of COOP planning and its relationship to the emergency planning cycle, the manner in which COOP planning can support the continuation of the essential functions, and the range of COOP resources and templates. As a pre-requisite to our classroom Continuity of Operations Planning Made Practical course, the online module synthesizes what can be complex material into a framework that is more readily recognizable and actionable. Click here to take the course now!

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Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Article: Boston EMS Transitions to Warm Zone Operations after the Boston Marathon Bombing 

Brendan Kearney, Boston EMS Superintendent-in-Chief, and Dr. Ricky Kue, Associate Medical Director of the Boston EMS, Police, and Fire Departments have published a recent article in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). This article provides insight into the Boston EMS transition to warm zone operations on during the Boston Bombings. As described in the article, many of the same concepts and components came into play during the Boston Bombings as do during an active shooter incident, such as multiple patient injury locations and difficulty securing the scene while needing to treat and transport critically injured patients. The article goes into detail about Boston EMS best practices, tactics, and training strategies that supported medical treatment in the warm zone. To read the article, click here.


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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