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Volume 12, Issue 12 | Nov. 2014  

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YNHHS-CEPDR Program and Services


YNHHS-CEPDR offers the following additional services to hospitals, other healthcare delivery organizations, emergency management professionals, the business community and others. 

  • Assessments/Evaluations
  • Emergency Management Operations/Outsourcing of Services
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Exercises
  • Situational Awareness/Analysis
  • Planning
  • Education and Training
  • Affordable Care Act/Healthcare Reform
  • Program Management
  • Incident Response Support
For additional information about our services, please call us at 
(203) 688-5000 or email us at [email protected] for questions or comments.


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Checkout the Toolbox: A Resource Guide for Health Care  Providers  

YNHHS-CEPDR maintains a toolbox of useful links to health care related resources.  These links are updated often so please check it regularly.  


Winter Weather Outlook 2014


Photo Credit: NOAA
On October 16, 2014 NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook.  This year's winter predictions are for above-normal mean temperatures for Alaska, the far west, Hawaii and New England, while areas extending from eastern New Mexico to the western Gulf Coast states will experience temperatures below normal.  Below median precipitation levels are expected for parts of the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, whereas above median precipitation levels are expected for areas from southern California eastward across the southwest, southern plains and along the Gulf and southern Atlantic coasts northward to include the eastern seaboard and southern New England.  These predictions are based on a variety of factors, the most notable of which is the expected development of a weak El Niņo.  As of early-to-mid October, conditions are neutral but are tending towards El Niņo.  Other factors that will influence winter weather, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, occur at much shorter time intervals and may influence weather periodically throughout the season.  The full U.S. Winter Outlook and associated references can be found here.A12 


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The flu season generally begins October and can run through the end of May.  Although it is difficult to predict from one year to the next, peak season for the flu is typically from December through February.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older receive the flu vaccine.  Information on this year's vaccine can be found by clicking here.  Children younger than 5 years of age, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and people with asthma and chronic lung disease represent groups of people who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications.  Additional information regarding high-risk populations can be found by clicking here. Healthcare officials are encouraged to continually check the CDC's weekly FluView for updated information on the current state of the flu seasonB12

Call for Poster Abstracts 


The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources hold an annual Emergency Preparedness Conference for hospitals and healthcare organizations.  This is an opportunity for beginners to seasoned professionals in Emergency Management to learn about new standards, tested solutions and accreditation preparation.  The conference provides an opportunity for peer networking and practical and effective solutions to emergency management issues.  You are invited to submit abstracts or posters for the 2015 conference.


The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, in collaboration with the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (YNHHS-CEPDR), invites interested participants to submit one or more abstracts for exhibit in the poster presentations track of the conference.  YNHHS-CEPDR will provide the coordination for this track on behalf of the conference.

Poster abstracts must reflect one or more of these tracks:

  • Describe a practitioner-based change, focused process or practice
  • Focus on one or more of these topics :
    • Metrics
    • Technologies/tools 
    • Disaster financing
    • Coalition building 
    • Business Continuity Planning 
  • Demonstrate a successful approach to at least one of the four phases of emergency preparedness: mitigation, preparedness, response and 

Abstract submissions are due by January 30, 2015.  To submit a poster abstract, please click here. You can also contact usC12

CDC Ebola Hospital and EMS Preparedness Checklists - Electronic Version