California hospitals are a critical element within the disaster medical response system and work collaboratively with local government, other health care providers and other agencies to plan, prepare for and respond to the needs of victims of natural or man-made disasters, bioterrorism, and other public health emergencies. Hospital emergency preparedness is a priority for government at all levels, as well as a key focus of regulatory and accrediting agencies.
Coordinated by Uniform Services University, the eight hour course consists of eleven, 30-minute to one-hour online training lessons covering a variety of disaster health topics such as personal or family preparedness, communication, ethical and legal issues encountered in disasters, and much more. Free and designed for flexibility, courses can be taken one at a time or all at once. The foundation of this curriculum is the Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
Bombings, multi-country cyberattacks, severe natural disasters and deliberate chemical attacks reflect the real and complicated threats our nation faces in the 21st century. To save lives, the nation’s health care systems must be ready. Combating modern threats requires innovative solutions to train, equip, and organize our health care systems in ways that make our local communities more resilient. Read Full Article
The federal Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has issued a fact sheet addressing frequently asked questions about the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and disasters. The fact sheet includes updated information on addressing patient surge without an EMTALA waiver, as well as links to other resources and additional information.
After reviewing the current threat environment, the Department of Homeland Security last week reissued its National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin. According to the department, foreign terrorist organizations continue to exploit the internet to inspire, enable and direct individuals in the U.S. to commit terrorist acts. The department encourages those who observe suspicious activity to report it to law enforcement and to be prepared for security threats.
California is just entering the warmer months of the year and already 65% of the state is experiencing some level of drought in the first week of May 2018. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the range of conditions throughout the state.