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Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness Section Presentations from NEHA's AEC & Exhibition

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2004 AEC & Exhibition, Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness Education Track Presentations – Anchorage, Alaska

It Can’t Be Done Without Volunteers  
Presented by: Brian Supalla, M.P.H., R.E.H.S., Public Health Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Yavapai County Health Department, Prescott, AZ

Emergency response planning at the local level is revealing just how demanding our public health responsibilities will be in the event of a major biological attack. In Yavapai County, identified assets were less than 10 percent of the emergency response personnel needs, and some critical skills did not exist within the health department. Although federal and state agencies are available to assist at the local level upon request, they may not be able to respond quickly to all areas or in sufficient numbers to make an impact. Yavapai County chose to pursue self-sufficiency – creation of a trained volunteer corps.

At the end of this session, you will be able to 1) recruit medical professionals and laypersons into a volunteer organization; 2) prepare for orientation and training of volunteers; and 3) integrate volunteers into local emergency response plans.


Health Department On-Call Teams: Bringing Together Clinical and Environmental Health Services  
Presented by: Sara Forsting, M.S.P.H., Epidemiologist, Center of Public Health Preparedness, DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, GA

DeKalb County Board of Health’s after-hours on-call system is described in this presentation. The system uses teams of employees from clinical services and environmental health. The steps taken to create, train, and sustain the on-call teams will be discussed. Tools used by DeKalb’s teams to communicate among their teams and to outside response partners are discussed.

At the end of this session, you will be able to 1) describe DeKalb County Board of Health’s after-hours on-call system; 2) demonstrate the value an after-hours on-call team adds to public health response infrastructure; and 3) formulate methods for creating and training an on-call team with diverse professional backgrounds.


2003 AEC & Exhibition, Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness Education Track Presentations – Reno, Nevada

Assessing the EH Professional's Skills and Experience for Improved Response in Emergency and Terrorism Events  
Presented by: CDR Mark D. Miller, R.S., M.P.H., Senior Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Services Branch, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA AND CAPT Richard F. Collins, M.S.E.H., R.E.H.S., D.A.A.S., US Public Health Services, Senior Environmental Health Scientist, Deputy Terrorism Response Activities Coordinator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Atlanta, GA

What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) necessary for the environmental health professional to be effective in response to emergency and terrorism events? NCEH and ATSDR are currently working to identify key KSA's of federal, state, and local environmental health professionals to better understand what makes an effective responder. CDC is also developing an assessment tool for employees to better understand their work experience, training, certifications, and skills. The assessment can assist employers in identifying appropriate personnel for various emergency response situations and determine gaps in KSA's. At the end of this session, you will be able to: 1) identify key KSA's to improve emergency response capabilities; and 2) assess employee KSA's for emergency response.


Food Safety and Security - Nuclear, biological or Chemical (NBC) Warfare Protection and Prevention  
Presented by: COL Charnette Norton, M.S., R.D., L.D., F.A.D.A., C.F.E., H.C.F.A., US Army, Executive Officer, and Vice President, Romano Gatland of Texas, Missouri City, TX

With the increased concern of bioterrorism, this presentation will provide attendees with information regarding NBC agents that could possibly or likely be used as weapons of mass destruction to food and water supplies. Steps to take for decontamination of various foods and water supplies will be presented. At the end of this session, you will be able to: 1) identify ways food and water can be contaminated by NBC agents; 2) determine the steps to take for food and water protection caused by NBC contamination in foodservice operations; 3) identify various methods for decontamination of food and water that has been contaminated by NBC agents.


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