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National Fire Academy Adds New Online Chemistry Course

The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) announces the availability of a new NFA Online course: Foundational Concepts of Chemistry (Q228), which provides students with fundamental knowledge to prepare for the more advanced Hazardous Materials curriculum courses.

Finding Beds in the Middle of a Disaster

One of the most recent examples of medical surge in action was the response effort following a devastating EF5 tornado that ripped through the city of Joplin, Missouri, with virtually

Beyond Vaccines: Defeating Future Flu Viruses

Throughout history, invisible enemies such as plague, pandemic influenza, and other infectious diseases have posed a great threat to human life. Public- and private-sector agencies and organizations are diligently working together to prevent future pandemics before they start. The immediate goal is to protect the nation’s warfighters, but the greatest beneficiaries may well be millions of civilians – both current and future generations.

Mass-Fatality Surge & Family Assistance

The South Carolina Region’s healthcare coalition is bringing together various resources and knowledge to improve capabilities for mass-fatality incidents and subsequent family assistance operations. Through ongoing discussions, the coalition is able to address planning efforts – e.g., additional training and exercises, available morgue space, multi-jurisdiction cooperation, and various other aspects of fatality surge – that can be implemented and improved upon for years to come.

Amateur Radio and the Healthcare Field

Amateur Radio can be a lifesaving communications service that has supported emergency responders, law-enforcement teams, and the public during major flood events, power outages, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters both large and small. Like other “Guardian Angels,” the nation’s Amateur Radio operators may not always be seen, but they are almost always there – wherever “there” is – when they are most needed.

The 2012 PHP Summit: Sustaining Preparedness

A “big-screen” presentation, an all-star panel discussion, the Joplin tornado, preparedness gains – and the many gaps that still remain – were among the major highlights of the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Anaheim. Numerous workshops and town hall meetings were also on the hugely important schedule. Plan early to attend the 2013 Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Taxis for the Sick

Thanks to the increased focus on homeland security in recent years, most Americans now understand the need to “triage” victims of a mass-casualty incident. Less understood is the triage approach as it applies to taking patients from an incident site to a healthcare facility: (a) immediate transport, with medical care en route; (b) less urgent transport, with minimal medical care needed en route; and (c) non-urgent transport, emergency vehicles not necessary.

FINAL REPORT: Preparedness Goals Associated with the Nuclear Threat

In 2011, the world witnessed the devastating effects after Mother Nature triggered an accidental “nuclear attack” on Japan. That incident offers a glimpse of what could happen following a deliberate nuclear attack on U.S. soil. On 2 May 2012, Vayl Oxford led a distinguished panel of experts in New York to discuss a very real threat that faces the nation. View results from the latest DomPrep survey and the final report that spurred this discussion as well as ongoing dialogue among attendees.

Mass Violence: Planning & Response Considerations Course

This is one-day course is designed to help prepare first responders and receivers to assess, plan for, prepare for, and handle critical incidents such as workplace violence attacks, school shootings, mass shootings, domestic violence spill-over attacks, extremist threats and other incidents are occurring with alarming frequency.
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