*This is not the full newsletter. View the complete November 2014 Preparedness at a Glance.
On the Radar: Upcoming Deliverables
Joint Meetings: The next Face to Face Joint meeting will be November 19, 2014 8:30 – 4:30 ET in Versailles at the KCTCS building
LHDs will conduct a Seminar to discuss the LHD’s implementation of Continuity of Operations plans and procedures. Participation should include defined tier staff according to LHD guidelines. Due by December 31, 2014
After Action Reports/Improvement Plans or Executive Summary will be submitted to KDPH within 60 days of an exercise or planned event, or within 120 days of a real-world event.
Local Health Departments will inventory PHEP/HPP purchased assets, inventory will include assets valued over 500 dollars and pilferable items. Due December 31, 2014.
LHDs will develop, review and update (as necessary) the Local Health Department’s jurisdiction SNS Plan and increase dispensing capability. Due March 31, 2015
LHD will maintain a process to ensure key personnel within the LHD can be contacted within 30 minutes (24/7) via the agency’s main phone number. This ability will be tested by KDPH by June 30, 2015
Each LHD will determine appropriate staff needed during a response to a public health emergency or disaster and assure staff receives required training based on Training Matrix. Due June 30, 2015
Participate in State MRC Leader Meetings (twice per year).
Update the MRC unit's information and activities on the DCV/MRC website quarterly. Contact Heather Walls for more information.
Provide epidemiological consultation to all health departments in the assigned region as necessary.
Deliverable Highlight– Maintain and Update Inventory of Planning Assets
To meet this deliverable LHDs will inventory PHEP/HPP purchased assets and upload an excel spreadsheet of these items into Catalyst. The inventory should include assets valued over 500 dollars and pilferable items.
Remember to report “Met” when you upload the spreadsheet.
If you have questions or concerns about Catalyst or Deliverables, please contact Jeff Brock or Teddy Slone.
Visit the Preparedness News page to find out about preparedness activities around the state.
News from the Branch
KDPH SHOC Activated to Level 2 during Ebola Response
The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (KDPH) State Health Operations Center (SHOC) was activated to level 2 on October 22. Level 2 activation means limited staff are assigned to work in the SHOC and completing situation reports (SitRep) and incident actions plans (IAP) . An Ebola Planning and Response team made up of state public health subject matters experts have been working together to develop and provide guidance to local health department staff and our Emergency Support Function (ESF) partners. The Preparedness Branch has hosted special Ebola ITVs to share information with local health department staff. The Branch also is hosting conference call with partners including hospitals, healthcare providers, Emergency Management, local colleges and universities and local officials.
A call center was established to answer calls and emails from local health departments, hospitals and providers.