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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Continuing Education from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Psychological First Aid Online
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.

Continuing Education Series
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. (1.5 continuing education contact hours per 1.5 hour presentation.) Current courses include Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice, Culture and Trauma, Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma, and The Role of Trauma Among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.

Psychological First Aid Online: http://bit.ly/1f1dcMD
Continuing Education Series: http://bit.ly/1gtPNkE

American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Day on September 17

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Launched in 2006, APHA’s Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. The campaign includes free resources for the public and health workers, including fact sheets, a blog, a Twitter, podcasts, Q&As and a calendar of events. Use of Get Ready materials and information is encouraged. You may print and photocopy Get Ready fact sheets, game, toolkits, guides or other materials without permission and use them for educational activities at work, school, community fairs, health departments, town hall meetings, preparedness events, etc. APHA must be identified as the source of Get Ready materials.

To see additional APHA resources for your Get Ready Day event: http://bit.ly/16qdWau

To find more resources for disaster preparedness, visit the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) website: http://1.usa.gov/17V1U9p

Webinar: Building Community Resiliency and Healing

Friday, June 28th, 2013

SAMSHA is hosting a webinar on July 23 on Building Community Resiliency and Healing: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering From Community Trauma and Disasters. Participants will learn Emotional CPR (eCPR) and the Federal Management Agency’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, both results of lessons learned after Hurrican Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The webinar will highlight the important role of social support during disaster recovery. Presenters include: Dr. Dan Fisher (NEC), Marcie Roth (FEMA), Willie Barney (the Empowerment Network) and Margaret Upchurch (MHA of NJ). Register at: http://1.usa.gov/11SFGiV

Now available online @SAMHSA, “Mass Casualty: Support and Response Webinar.”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

NEW Mass Casualty: Support and Response <http://bit.ly/1aevZTR> The goal of this 45-minute webinar is to share information about emotional reactions to mass casualty events.  It also addresses what Medical Reserve Corps team members, Commission Corps Officers, and other first responders may encounter in the field during a crisis event and familiarizes participants with related disaster behavioral health resources, available through SAMHSA.

This webinar supports response efforts and promote responders’ individual and peer group resilience by ensuring that viewers are able to:

Identify common behavioral health reactions to a mass casualty event.

Detect stress reactions of survivors and responders.

Assist responders with leadership strategies and team resilience.

Locate and use resources found on the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) website, including free downloadable guides, pamphlets, tip sheets, the Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series, The Dialogue, the SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin, pre-recorded webinars/podcasts, and other various disaster behavioral health–related items.

Featured speakers include Heather Oglesby, SAMHSA Project Officer, CDR Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., SAMHSA Region V Administrator, and CDR Jamie Seligman, SAMHSA Project Officer.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Julie Liu at (240) 276–2424 or Julie.Liu@samhsa.hhs.gov. Feedback is welcome at DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov.

New MedlinePlus Health Topic: Coronavirus Infections

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

MedlinePlus has created a new health topic page on Coronavirus Infections, including information on the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS).  Access news and other resources here: http://1.usa.gov/11PEvUa

American Sign Language Videos for Emergency Preparedness

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission developed a series of emergency preparedness videos in American Sign Language.

Topics include:

  • Build a Kit
  • Sheltering in Place
  • Going to a Shelter
  • Emergency Planning for People with Special Needs
  • Evacuation
  • Storm – Before
  • Storm – During
  • Storm – After

Access these videos and others: http://1.usa.gov/13zY7u9

SOPHE Summer Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is pleased to present its 5th Annual SOPHE Webinar Series.  These webinars cover a variety of health topics for many populations including diabetes, disasters, and health literacy.

Next webinar date: June 3, 2013 form 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

A list of upcoming webinars is available on the SOOHE Events web page: http://goo.gl/lo2X7

SAMHSA Disaster Kit

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The SAMHSA disaster kit is not a new resource but in light of recent tragedies it is worth mentioning again. The kit is free and contains printed materials on managing stress during traumatic events. The material in the kit focuses on information for emergency and disaster response workers and their families. There are also a few tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers on how to talk to children and youth after a disaster or traumatic event. Visit the SAMHSA store <http://goo.gl/ngVhj> or call toll- free SAMHSA- (1-877-726-4727) and order SAMHSA Disaster Kit SMA11-Disaster.

Mobile Disaster Information Resources

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center compiles a list of disaster apps and mobile optimized web pages. You will find apps and mobile sites for disaster medicine tools, psychological health tools, hazardous events, disease outbreaks, and disasters in libraries.

Learn more at: http://1.usa.gov/15WwMGF

Boston Marathon: Serving disaster information needs

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

What do you do when your library is impacted by events, such as this week’s tragedy at the Boston marathon that had hospital and public librarians in the area reeling?

The topic of discussion for the weekly #medlibs chat will be disaster information resources. The discussion will be today, Thursday, April 18th at 7pm MT, 8pm CT on Twitter. Librarians from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center, will be there as will Myrna Morales and Michelle Eberle from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Both Myrna and Michelle were at the Boston Marathon. NN/LM can work with you to partner you up with buddy libraries and help you deal with the emotional impact. You are never alone when a disaster of any level hits.

Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview http://bit.ly/Z6plsM and come on in, it’s a supportive community. Your host for the chat Nikki Dettmar @eagledawg  is happy to answer your questions on how to participate, and you may want to see the information and transcript from the November 5, 2012 chat with DIMRC about Hurricane Sandy here: http://bit.ly/YxPpJP