A University Hospital Emergency Preparedness Unit vehicle is parked at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, on Oct. A nurse who had been treating Ebola patients in West Africa and was quarantined in New Jersey since Friday was given permission to go back to her home state of Maine on Monday. Kaci Hickox will travel on a private aircraft — not commercial, according to a statement from New Jersey Gov. Hickox was the first medical worker to undergo New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine for those who treated Ebola patients in West Africa.
She had been staying in a tent set up inside a Newark hospital with a portable toilet but no shower. Under pressure from the White House and medical officials against a mandatory quarantine, Cuomo said health workers who had contact with Ebola patients but were exhibiting no symptoms could remain at home. Meanwhile, a 5-year-old boy who returned to New York from the West African country of Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak began, is being monitored for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital Center after he developed a fever.
The family had recently returned from Guinea were immediately ordered quarantined in their apartment, city officials said.
PBS NewsHour allows open commenting for all registered users, and encourages discussion amongst you, our audience. The Rundown offers the NewsHour's unique perspective on the important events of the day with insights from the journalists you trust. Californiaa€™s training chief, Curry Mayer, addresses effective emergency management education. A field exercise in 2012 used a 50-bed mobile field hospital taken from one of the three 200-bed hospitals maintained in California. Curry Mayer is the state training chief for California’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). Mayer responded to questions about emergency management training, the pros and cons of online training courses and what makes for effective training for the profession. The Cal OES Training Branch is responsible for emergency management and homeland security training for state and local government personnel and the private sector.
We also develop customized courses based on an agency’s specific role and responsibilities in emergency management. In such a large state, how is training delivered by your organization and who are your target audiences?
Our target audience is anyone involved in emergency management or homeland security activities, which actually includes most public and private organizations.
Many of the key principles of ICS came directly from the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). We have done so by explaining how those concepts work even if you are not a firefighter or police officer or some other area of public safety. It is possible to practice activities online, however, practicing new concepts with other participants not only helps with retention, but provides the additional benefit of interaction with those who often also provide different perspectives.
I have had many organizations come to me after their personnel have completed some type of online training and say that they now want training of the same type with a live instructor, because they feel the concepts did not stick with participants.
What types of training are best suited for online delivery, and what is best done in a conventional classroom setting? Basic concepts may be successfully conveyed in an online setting, but must be followed up with some type of practice. Emergency management courses are best accomplished with a live instructor and the ability for participants to interact with one another during class. Training with practical exercises and activities is the most effective in conveying complex concepts while providing opportunities for practicing new roles and responsibilities in a safe environment. Twenty-five years ago the focus on training in emergency management was on the Professional Development Series (PDS).
What are the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the tasks an emergency manager will be called on to do? Most emergency managers would agree that the acquisition of those skills is best gained through a variety of sources: formal education (including classroom, activity focused courses) online, exercises and real-world experience.
What’s your advice to people seeking a career in emergency management with no direct experience? The best way to get some practical experience is to do volunteer work, not only for the traditional organizations that we usually think of, such as the American Red Cross, but also by talking with local emergency managers and offering your services. What advice do you have for midcareer professionals who have five to 10 years of experience in emergency management? Branching out into a segment of emergency management that is new for them provides an opportunity to add new skills, make new contacts and expand their perspective of emergency management.


There are usually no-cost or low cost courses and easily accessible research in almost every area.
We are bombarded with so much information from so many different sources it can become overwhelming. What advice do you have for senior emergency managers in supervisory positions and lead emergency management programs?
For senior emergency managers who provide direction to programs, the most important thing to remember is to surround yourself with subject-matter experts and then use them to your advantage.
As a senior emergency manager, remember that you don’t have to know all the answers, you just need to know where to go to get them. The most useful training I have ever received was as a new instructor at our California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI). It begins with basic emergency management concepts and progresses to emergency operations center functions.
It includes extensive small group activities, much of which are done after class (in the evenings), which is bonding for participants and mirrors those relationships they would have in a real setting.
Participant background skills and experience are culled to place participants in a role in the exercise that will be of benefit when they go back to their regular job. Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management. This website serves as a central resource for emergency preparedness information for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.
During the June 27 mass casualty emergency preparedness drill, Susquehanna Healtha€™s Williamsport Regional Medical Center acted as the main medical treatment facility where the main lobby was converted into a patient treatment area. On June 27, Susquehanna Health, along with regional and federal agencies, hospitals and organizations, participated in a mass casualty emergency preparedness drill to test the hospitala€™s ability to decontaminate victims and handle a high surge of patients in the Emergency Room.
The drill was also an opportunity for the hospital and other participating organizations to practice working as a team to handle an emergency. The exercise involved mock-injured a€?patientsa€? presenting themselves to hospital emergency departments as well as arriving by ambulance. Susquehanna Healtha€™s Williamsport Regional Medical Center (WRMC) acted as the main medical treatment facility for the exercise. Because the Little League Baseball World Series is an international event that roughly doubles the population of Williamsport, the exercise, a culmination of over a year of planning and preparation by all the organizations involved, provided a scenario realistic to the region. Upon conclusion of the drill, the team at Susquehanna Health and the other participating organizations met to debrief.
To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up now for full access to Local Business Deeds, Bankruptcies, New Incorporated and Local Stock Activity from the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. SCRANTON a€” After a fire last month in its building at Petersburg Corners, Nibbles & Bits will move to Green Ridge Corners, owner Maggie Calpin said. Andrew Cuomo both ordered quarantines for people returning from West Africa, after a doctor, Craig Spencer, was diagnosed with Ebola in New York but had traveled on the subway and went bowling before his diagnosis. However, if a commenter violates our terms of use or abuses the commenting forum, their comment may go into moderation or be removed entirely. With the advent of the Internet, distance learning has come to dominate many aspects of emergency management training, especially the delivery of Incident Command System (ICS) basic courses. She has 20 years of experience in emergency management and all aspects of training, from program management to curriculum design.
For example, we developed specialized activities within the ICS framework for the Department of Water Resources, Department of Food and Agriculture, and utility companies. While we recommend online training for basic concepts, we have found that for those whose main job is not emergency management, in-person training coupled with workshop activities is the most meaningful and is better absorbed by participants.
ICS is an easily understood system that expands and contracts to manage all types of events, from small to very complex.
If your main job is not emergency management, in-person training with workshop activities to reinforce concepts and roles is most effective. Online training is also a good vehicle for refresher training following an in-person classroom experience. In-person, interactive training that includes a tabletop exercise that reinforces concepts learned in training is highly successful with excellent retention rates. The answer to that is complex, as it depends on not only your geographical location, but also on the level of government at which you work, the discipline under which you primarily operate (law, fire or general public safety, etc.) whether you have support staff, and the knowledge, skills and abilities of your co-workers. Most local governments welcome someone who is enthusiastic and willing to learn while helping out.


It is important for new emergency managers to blend academic work with hands-on experience. Deciding on what areas to focus on and what sources of information are most accurate and accessible is key to keeping up with new ideas and new technologies while not becoming overwhelmed. Also, the tried-and-true concepts and methods can always be improved upon, but that also doesn’t mean they should be thrown out. That provides not only different perspectives, but also mirrors what real-life collaboration will be like. It contains on-the-job information for employees as well as disaster preparedness materials and resources for individuals and families. If you need to report an on-campus emergency contact VUPD by dialing 911 from a campus phone or (615) 421-1911 from any phone. The exercise featured mock patients exhibiting injuries simulated with makeup effects, as well as medical dummies. Hospital leaders initiated the Incident Command System, which assigns roles and duties to key employees. The main lobby was used as a patient treatment area, but the hospital remained open to actual patients and their family members throughout the day. During this discussion, leaders talked about what was done well during the drill and where there were opportunities for improvement.
Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. She would remain in quarantine while in New Jersey, and Maine health authorities can make their own determination on how to treat her, his office said. ICS is an extremely effective and efficient tool that may be used to manage virtually any large event, disaster and non-disaster, or a large complex project.
And due to the fact that California experiences all types of disasters, we have been able to successfully use ICS in a variety of situations and circumstances.
That being said, people tend to remember concepts more easily when they are given an opportunity to practice those concepts with some type of activity. Practicing emergency management concepts in person during classroom training and exercises fosters and supports those all-important relationships.
It is definitely still relevant, yet I think the more important consideration for emergency managers is what their goals are for becoming accomplished in their field. Engaging the private sector is mutually beneficial for both the emergency manager and the private-sector personnel, and most often brings a very different perspective to the emergency management professional about what the field means to our private-sector partners. By the time you are a senior emergency manager, you will have lots of contacts and relationships.
Combining what has worked well with a fresh perspective is most likely to yield the most effective results. It is not only a great way to learn about emergency operations centers, it also provides participants with a number of contacts in other disciplines that they will most likely use throughout their career. The drill was meant to emulate a Boston Marathon Bombing type event at Little League Baseball World Series.
Mayer is the author of state- and federal-level emergency management curriculum, including scenario development and exercise design.
A non-disaster event would include things like a large sporting event, political convention or parade. There are many websites that will match skills and interests with volunteer organizations, including CaliforniaVolunteers and VolunteerMatch.org.
It is OK to rely on a good team and your network of contacts to help you accomplish things and to help you focus your direction.
We are experiencing issues with HEO Wiz retrieving Labs for orders and CMRs and sending orders to OPC. She also co-chairs the California Emergency Management and Homeland Security Education Consortium’s Bachelor Degree task force. It’s a four-day course and includes both a tabletop exercise and a functional exercise.
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