The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has just announced the availability of a new information sharing portal called Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). ASPR's TRACIE is a healthcare emergency preparedness information gateway that ensures all stakeholders at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government levels and non-profit and for-profit organizations have access to information and resources to improve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. For more information download the fact sheet below:
Planning is fundamental for our national preparedness. We use planning to engage the whole community in the development of executable strategic, operational, and tactical approaches to meet defined objectives. The National Planning System provides a unified approach and common terminology to plan for all-threats and hazards and across all mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In addition, a shared understanding of the types and levels of planning will enable the whole community to think through potential crises, determine capability requirements and address the collective risk identified during the risk assessment process.
The National Planning System includes:
- Planning Architecture which describes the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of planning and planning integration; and
- Planning Process which describes the steps necessary to develop a comprehensive plan, from forming a team to implementing the plan.
To learn more about the National Planning System, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.
For a one-page fact sheet about this project, download FEMA NATIONAL PLANNING SYSTEM FACT SHEET
Celia Barry has retired as EMS Administrator for Santa Cruz County EMS where she had worked for nearly 12 years. EMSAAC asked her to share some parting thoughts with us:
"I've worked in public service for 30 years, 25 of which have been with the County of Santa Cruz, 11.5 years in EMS. EMS has been the most interesting, most challenging and most fun part of my career. I'm proud of our 'small but mighty' EMS community. I truly believe that scarce resources have kept us focused on providing excellent patient care by constant, strong collaboration. We established our STEMI system almost four years ago and have experienced some remarkable saves with very quick 911-to-balloon times. We were among the first to receive permission to allow paramedics to administer flu vaccines during the H1N1 response. More than 20 medics were trained and gave vaccines to almost 700 responders, including 911 dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics, EMT students, and lifeguards. On a personal note, being a member of EMSAAC has been amazing. The EMS Administrators in California are a true force to be reckoned with, and I am so grateful to all of my colleagues for your support and mentorship. Your experience and wisdom were more helpful than you can imagine!"
Thank you, Celia. Enjoy retirement -- you will be missed!
Warning symptoms, notably chest pain and dyspnea, occur during the 4 weeks preceding sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in at least half of cases involving middle-aged adults, suggests a new study. The warnings are usually ignored, observe researchers, with few patients phoning 911 in response to what is almost always a fatal event. The analysis based on the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death (SUD) cohort was published online December 22, 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.