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On the Radar: Upcoming Deliverables
Joint Meetings: Participate in Joint Meetings, Conference and ITVs. The next event is the Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 Conference on March 3-5 in Louisville at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Local Health Departments (LHD) will develop, review and update the LHD's jurisdiction Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Plan. Update SNS Plan and Points of Dispensing (POD book) Plans. Due March 31, 2014.
LHD's will define their role in a mass fatality event. Coordinate with local Coroner to define the role of LHD staff during a Mass Fatality Event. Due March 31, 2014.
Update the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit's information and activities on the DCV/MRC website by March 31, 2014. Contact Heather Walls for more information.
Local Health Department's identified as Citi Readiness Initiative (CRI) county's will participate in all required CDC reviews, drills and exercises. Due March 31, 2014.
Coordinate HPP response and planning activities to protect and enhance healthcare essential services and priority assets in order to ensure continued healthcare delivery to the community during a disaster. Due June 30, 2014.
Deliverable Highlight– Participate in Joint Meetings, Conference and ITV
To meet this deliverable each LHD/DHD shall send one or more representatives to two Joint Meetings, the Preparedness/HPP Workshop (also known as the ESF8 Conference in Louisville), participate in three ITVs live or via webcast and attend regional meetings.
Registration for the conference is available now.
The Joint meetings, ITVs and conference dates were distributed July 2013 with the deliverables to provide LHDs time to add these to their schedules.
Visit the Preparedness News page to find out about preparedness activities around the state.
News from the Branch
Kentucky Department for Public Health Department Operations Center Activated to Level 3 (Limited) During Three Responses
The Kentucky Department for Public Health Department Operations Center increased its DOC activation level from Level 4 (Monitoring) to Level 3 (Limited on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, to monitor and coordinate support for the following events:
• Propane Shortages throughout KY to include [planning for “possible” transfer of patients from long term care and hospital facilities based upon propane shortages]
• Water shortages – due to damaged water systems
• Warming centers – opened due to impending severe cold weather
• Nationwide shortage of Normal Saline
Areas experiencing any of these problems should email the DOC . Please include any pertinent information concerning the above incidents.
Staff participated in several conference calls to gain situational awareness.
Officials Tour Regional Bio Containment Laboratory at University of Louisville
Officials from Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky Office of Homeland Security took an informational tour of the Regional Bio containment Laboratory at the University of Louisville. Taking part, from left, were Michael A. Jones, executive director, Management and Administration for the Department of Military Affairs and acting director of KYEM; Kathy Fowler, assistant director, Division of Public Health Protection, KDPH; Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner, KDPH; Rebecca Gillis, Kentucky Public Health Preparedness Branch manager, KDPH; Aaron Horner, deputy executive director, KOHS; Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, commissioner, KDPH; Gene Kiser, executive director, KOHS; Dennis Sullivan, emergency manager, U of L: and Thomas J. Cremer IV, biological safety/EHS manger, University of Louisville.
The next issue of Preparedness at a Glance will be sent out March 7,2014. Submissions for the newsletter are due February 21, 2014.