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Volume 12, Issue 18 | Apr. 2015  

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Hard Copy and Virtual Playbooks for Disaster Response



In late 2014 YNHHS-CEPDR developed a playbook to support their health system's response to potential patients suspected of having Ebola.  The playbook was designed based on procedures at each participating facility to provide a simple and easy-to-use format for department managers to access at any given time.  Leveraging a partnership with Veoci, the playbook has since been migrated to a web-based emergency management system that allows tasks to be assigned dynamically and tracked by staff at an Emergency Operations Center at any of the system's hospitals. 


The playbook concept is being adapted to a variety of other events, including Winter Storms and Hurricanes, to further preparedness, response and recovery efforts at all of the Yale New Haven Health System's Delivery Network facilities.  To learn more about the playbook or its virtual application, contact us. 

A new tool to enhance Personal Preparedness - tornadoAlert



Tornados pose a threat to the public every year.  According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center 2014 had a total of 888 tornados impact the US, resulting in 47 lives lost.  A new product has recently become available to further home-based notification of a potential tornado impact.  Named tornadoAlert, this product leverages the electro-magnetic energy produced by tornados and severe thunderstorms to trigger an alarm and notify occupants of a given home.  The products key features are in its ability to:

  • Warn you when a tornado is up to 30 miles away
  • Warn you 30 minutes sooner than existing systems
  • Warn you accurately 95% of the time

tornadoAlert has been extensively tested against NASA principles and methodologies and can be located in the home or taken along while traveling.  For more information visit or contact Tom DiPuma at [email protected]



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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Ebola Virus Disease in a Humanitarian Aid Worker - New York City

 In NYC, the public health response to one Ebola case was resource intensive for a local health department, with participation of more than 500 DOHMH staff members and expenditures of more than $4,300,000 in DOHMH funds. These figures include not only the direct costs of the local public health response (e.g., contact tracing, environmental issues, and health care worker monitoring) but also the indirect costs of increasing citywide preparedness after identifying the one case (e.g., enhancing hospital preparedness, active monitoring of returning travelers, and community outreach). Ebola preparedness might include advanced planning with all designated Ebola hospitals to establish efficient monitoring programs for workers involved in caring for Ebola patients, as well as a plan for local resource allocation needed once an Ebola case has been confirmed.


What are the implications for public health practice?


Interagency preparedness can help to safely and efficiently isolate and diagnose Ebola cases. Public health response to Ebola is likely to be resource intensive. Even as the West Africa Ebola epidemic subsides, it is important for public health agencies to maintain preparedness for other potential imported disease threats.

Learn more here




If so, the National Weather Service will like to know how they can better communicate with you. The public health sector, with its keenness to merge risks into a unified map, tends to be advanced and more accustomed to working in GIS-friendly domain. The NWS wants to increase the availability and usability of Graphical Information Service (GIS) products and services provided to the public, and better meet your needs. The NWS invites you to take this voluntary survey so they can continue to improve our services and talk in GIS with you.


The survey closes: May 5, 2015. (Please circulate far and wide to your colleagues in the medical and public health sector). If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]


Spring has sprung! Get ready for some of America's Wildest Weather!

Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion and continues to roar across the United States throughout March, April and May.


Spring is a time of transition, when late-season snowstorms can impact the East Coast and the Northern Plains, thunderstorms rip across the South and Midwest, rivers overflow their banks and heat waves begin in the Southwest. And there's one hazard that can strike the coasts at any time: tsunamis.


Don't let this dangerous season catch you unaware. Get ready for spring with just a few simple steps: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature.


To learn more and see helpful links, such as NOAA's Spring Outlook click here


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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