*This is not the full newsletter. View the complete November 2013 Preparedness at a Glance Newsletter (PDF format- 897KB).
On the Radar: Upcoming Deliverables
Joint Meetings: Participate in Joint Meetings, Conference and ITVs. The next Joint Face to Face meeting will be held in Frankfort on Nov. 13, 2013, 8:30-4:30 ET.
Update Critical Infrastructure Personnel Numbers and upload into Catalyst by Dec. 31, 2013.
Local Health Departments (LHD) shall inventory PHEP/HPP purchased assets, inventory shall include assets valued over $500 or pilferable items. Due semiannually by Dec. 31, 2013. Excel file should be uploaded in Catalyst by the due date.
LHD will design, conduct, participate and evaluate exercises (including drills) in accordance with HSEEP and KDPH guidelines. Due date June 30, 2014.
Medical Reserve Corps Tasks
Update the MRC unit's information and activities on the DCV/MRC website quarterly. Second quarter update due Dec. 31, 2013. Contact Heather Walls for more information.
Deliverable Highlight– Mass Fatality
LHDs will define their role in a mass fatality event. To meet this deliverable each LHD will work with the regional HPCs, including the local coroners to define the LHD role in a mass fatality event. Regional HPC Mass Fatality Plans should be uploaded into Catalyst by March 31, 2014. Contact Lisa Artique with any questions.
News from the Branch
Preparedness Branch Mobilized Department Operations Center (DOC)
On Oct. 23, 2013 the Preparedness Branch and several Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 partners mobilized the DOC to the new state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to participate in a statewide hospital exercise conducted by Kentucky Emergency Management
The Branch tested their ability to move the DOC to a different location and set up and be preparedn to respond. Partners from Health and Human Services (HHS), Kentucky Hospital Association, Long Term Care, Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) and Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) all participated as part of ESF 8 Operations.
KDPH Staff Provides Training to Colleges of Public Health
On Oct. 18 KDPH staff provided “K-PHAST” team training to students at the College of Public Health at the University of Louisville. This was the third training of its kind in the past year. Two additional classes have also been conducted at the University of Kentucky and Eastern State University.
The purpose of the day long course is to provide students with a better understanding of how public health responds to emergencies, what their role might be and to provide initial training so the students are better prepared to assist if they are called on.
Sara Robeson has worked hard to create a partnership between KDPH and these three universities that allows the students to participate in real events and receive school credit.
Instructors for the class included Sara Robeson, Liz Russell, Dr. Doug Thoroughman, TJ Sugg, Sandy Kelly, Matt Groenewold and Kim Yazell.
Articles for the November newsletter are due November 20. Articles and pictures can be submitted through the RPCs or directly to Kim Yazell.