*This is not the full newsletter. View the complete June 2014 Preparedness at a Glance Newletter.
On the Radar: Upcoming Deliverables
Joint Meetings: Participate in joint meetings, conference and ITVs. The next ITV is scheduled Aug. 13, 2014 1:30-3:30 Eastern time. The next face-to-face joint meeting will be Nov. 19. 2014 in Versailles at the KCTCS building.
LHDs will conduct a seminar to discuss LHD ability to implement continuity of operations plans and procedures. Participation should include defined tier staff according to LHD guidelines. Due by Dec. 31, 2014.
LHD will design, conduct, participate in and evaluate exercises (including drills) and/or participate in accordance with HSEEP and KDPH guidelines. Due dates vary. See the 2014/2015 Deliverables for more details
LHDs will develop standard operation guidelines (SOG). This deliverable is based on the size of the LHD. Due date March 31, 2015.
- Small LHDs will complete core response SOGs (population fewer than 49,999)
- Medium LHDs will complete core and additional SOGs (population 50,000-499,999)
- Large LHDS will complete core, additional SOGs and a DOC support plan (population more than 500,000)
Local health departments will inventory PHEP/HPP purchased assets including assets valued at more than $500 or pilferable items. Due Dec. 31, 2013.
Develop a strategic plan for the unit and submit to KDPH by Aug. 15, 2014. Contact Heather Walls for more information.
Deliverable Highlight– Deliverable Sessions at ESF-8 Conference
The 2014-2015 PHEP deliverables that would normally presented at our June Joint Preparedness Meeting will be discussed in four different sessions at the June 9–11 ESF-8 Conference. Offering four sessions allows participants the ability to choose the session that fits their conference schedule. Please make sure to attend one of the sessions so you understand the 2014–2015 requirements. The MRC deliverables were discussed during the May MRC meeting, the HPP deliverables will be discussed further during the HPP strategic planning session and the CRI deliverables will be provided during the CRI meetings.
Visit the Preparedness News page to find out about preparedness activities around the state.
News from the Branch
Exercise Showcases Pharmacits Working in Mobile Pharmacy
Operation Mobile Meds exercises were held May 21 and 29, 2014 in Lexington and Frankfort, respectively. The purpose of these exercises it to validate the state’s ability to acquire and dispense medication from its mobile pharmacy following a natural disaster or severe weather event. The exercise scenario featured a local pharmacy becoming inoperable due to severe weather, eliminating the jurisdiction’s ability to provide pharmaceutical support to the community. The quick activation and deployment of the mobile pharmacy served to temporarily supply this lost capability. During the exercise, patients simulated receiving medications from the trailer for a variety of different illnesses. The first module of the exercise held May 21 focused on pharmaceutical operations. The second Module on May 29 concentrated on the alert and notification procedures, along with the actual ordering of medications from the vendor.
Participating exercise staff included: Members of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Preparedness Branch; Kentucky Pharmacists Association; Kentucky Board of Pharmacy; QS/1, HD Smith and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.