New WebEOC instructional: Video
Federal CDC Ebola Page
Maine Ebola Page
The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS V) has finally been updated for 2014. It has some excellent new information in both content and format.
(OOOPS, I have to fix the Operations/Planning Position Boxes. I juxtapose them 1/5/2015 PW)
SMRRC Web Based Org Chart: Please use this web based org chart with the following instructions:
Use online directly from this link: Org Chart
Or download to your computer/laptop with this link: Org Chart Download (Zipped File)
With the download version, you can modify the contact spreadsheet (emergency_contacts.xlxs) and any of the Job Action sheets or your Hospital Incident Action Plan (EOP.docx). Be sure to keep the same file name and location after you modify, so that all the reference web links to that file are not broken. Use the file called (HICSV_new.htm) to open in your browser, once you open the zipped file (just double clicking that file should open it all up). If you have questions please give me a call or email. - Paul Weiss
For the National HICS V website link: HICS V, FAQ
Working with the California Association of Health Facilities Disaster Preparedness Program, we just completed work on this new interactive program. This is a new (June 2014) Nursing Home Incident Command System NHICS interactive Organizational Chart. It is in "draft" mode, please let me know if there are any bad links or spelling typos.
Direct online link>>>>>
Instructions for download and install on your computer(s): Here is the Zipped file Download to your hard drive, unzip to the location you prefer. To run, simple click on the file named: NHICS_ORG_CHART.htm (it will then open in your browser). You can also make a "shorcut" to this file on your desktop of your computer or put whole folder on a USB thunb drive. Please note that you can modify each job action sheet to suit your facilities needs, just make sure not to change that name of the document when done (it links on the exact name). Please open the contact spreadsheet and cut and paste your facilities contacts and also open up your facilities emergency operation plan document and copy and paste your facilities plan into this embedded document being sure not to rename the origional. If you have any questions please contact me.
Regional Coalition Meetings:
Next Southern Maine Regional Healthcare Coalition meeting: January 21st, 9AM-noon, Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. Register Here
December 2014 Coalition Meeting Summary Notes:
Most of the meeting focused on feedback from all participant on what each organization was doing for emergency preparedness regarding ebola and other issues. We heard of a lot of training of staff on PPE, isolation, decontamination, and updates to emergency plans of facilities from FQHC's to Hospitals. Long Term Care centers were interested in hearing on what is going on in the healthcare industry regarding ebola, so that they could modify their planning, which is much simpler that for a medical facility. Some highlight updates included a full scale exercise in York County (Oct) with a freight train hitting a school bus with mass casualties going to area hospitals in Southern maine. Another drill included a tabletop (Dec) in Cumberland County regarding the Port of Portland and a large cruise ship with many sick passengers and how that would effect our regions healthcare system. I discussed some regional planning for ebola and also the idea of working on a regional response plan. I discussed my recent visit to the National Healthcare Coalition meeting and things I observed and learned. My focus being the organizational structure and business of running a coalition (more on that). I also showed the new HICSV and NHICS web applications that I created and presented on at the conference and how their organization could use these new tools. We discussed in detail our coalition and how it compares to others across the country. We discussed the need for an advisory group that would set the agenda for the coalition using the ME CDC contract as guidance. I will be trying to solicit individuals to be on this new committee and try to make it reflective of organizations in the coalition. We will be working on this structure soon. I also gave the update that SMRRC is now a state and Federal not for profit organization and will be working for the next few months on making that status a tax exempt organization also. We were pressed for time and had to cut short a few discussions, but those were most of the highlights.
SMRRC Training Site:
We are building a new SMRRC web training site using a new "Moodle" based software. We will be putting many classes on this online platform. These will include classes for EMS, Medical Reserve Corp and Medical staff. Please stay tuned for details on how to register and a list of courses. Here is the link so far:
Centers for Domestic Preparedness Courses and information for 2013
These multi day courses are free, including travel and food and are all courses relating to Healthcare. The facility is in Anniston Alabama
- Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) Training
- HERT Train the Trainer Courses
- HERT Training with Hazmat and exercises
- Healthcare Leadership Courses
New 2012 Emergency Response Guide in (PDF format). Link. This will soon be out in print format. It will also be available with WISER and other iphone apps. Right now it is a searchable Adobe pdf format and can be loaded onto smart phones, iPhones, iPads and laptops and Macbooks.