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IT’S A DISASTER! e-news  Feb 2011

Our opt-in monthly e-newsletter shares ideas and stories, program and product announcements, and other resources we hope you find of interest. (Note: Most links open a new window or tab.) 

This month's topics:

 IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Resources & Tools for First Responders

2/8 Webinar: Citizen Corps Council Successes
    Formidable Footprint 2/26 Tabletop Exercise (Floods)

      + Depiction 2/24 pre-exercise webinar link

    National AgrAbility Project 2/24 Webinar (Disabilities)

    SF CARD 2/7 - 2/11 Drill: CBRNE event, ICP + social media




THE SPOTLIGHT: Resources & Tools for First Responders

We learned about a few free tools available through the end of March so including them and some other resources we had on file for First Responders in this month’s Spotlight. Please share these with your colleagues too!

CEMPlanner is a web-based service that brings planners and stakeholders together on a collaborative platform and facilitates the planning process (based on FEMA’s CPG-101) to create and maintain standards based plans. The system’s flexibility allows users to create numerous plan types such as the EOP, COOP, Exercise Plan, Pandemic Flu Plan, Communications Plan, etc. Previstar is offering its CEMPlanner emergency planning software service at no cost to city and county Emergency Management and Public Health organizations to bolster their planning processes and emergency plans in 2011. The offer is part of its Partnering for Preparedness program and is open to enrollment to the first 10 qualifying jurisdictions per state that subscribe to the service by March 31, 2011. The complimentary service lasts for 12 months and includes training and customer support. At the end of the term, organizations can purchase a license for continued use of the service or cancel the subscription with no obligation. To learn more about this free offer visit the Previstar website at www.previstar.com or contact Joe Gordon at 813-244-7774.

(Since being introduced to the market in 2009, Previstar’s CEMPlanner has been utilized by emergency management and public health organizations across the country and numerous other public and private sector organizations.)

The American Institute for Preventive Medicine is offering a free guide that helps people prepare for disasters and deal with the emotions of anxiety, guilt, confusion and fear that follow a crisis or tragedy. AIPM’s Take Charge: Handling a Crisis and Moving Forward 32-page color booklet includes: Reactions to a crisis; Handling anxiety; Coping with loss; Dealing with insomnia; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Getting on with your life; Being prepared for a disaster; and How to help others. Take Charge is available to download for free thru the end of March 2011 at www.healthylife.com/template.asp?pageID=85. The download code is NWH350.

(AIPM is an award winning developer and provider of medical self-care, disease management and wellness publications, programs, and online content. They work with over 13,000 corporations, unions, hospitals, MCO's, government agencies and colleges to reduce health care costs, lower absenteeism and increase productivity.)

AHRQ’s Hospital Preparedness Exercises Resources provides a new toolset for strengthening hospitals' ability to protect communities nationwide against public health disasters, such as creating care centers during an influenza pandemic or treating casualties in the wake of a bioterrorism attack. www.ahrq.gov/prep/hospex.htm

The American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP’s) In a Moment’s Notice: Surge Capacity in Terrorist Bombings is a free 60-pg PDF w/ opinions and recommendations of EMS, trauma, nursing, etc experts on dealing w/ surge issues. www.acep.org/ptsurge/

Also, ACEP’s Bombings: Injury Patterns and Care curriculum is designed to be the minimum content that should be included in any all-hazards disaster response training program. This content is designed to update the student with the latest clinical information regarding blast related injuries from terrorism. www.acep.org/blastinjury/

Homeland Security Affairs Journal has a good resource called Threat-based Response Patterns for Emergency Services: Developing Operational Plans, Policies, Leadership, and Procedures for a Terrorist Environment by Robert T. Mahoney. This article reviews what an Emergency Service Department should understand about the elements of 1) threat, 2) risk, 3) security, 4) resources, 5) crisis leadership, 6) training, and 7) planning. It then reveals how gaining an understanding of each of these elements both informs and improves all the other elements. Such knowledge enables these elements to be mutually supportive in the development of counter terrorism response patterns. This process uses a series of understandings, transitioning in sequence from one element to the next, and each builds on the previously gained knowledge. www.hsaj.org/?fullarticle=6.3.2 (Also available as 29-pg PDF just above header) hat tip EM Magazine

National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN) is a collaborative initiative between CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) and the Division of Emergency Operations (DEO). In summary, the NPHRN will provide CDC, state, territorial, and local health departments with non-infrastructure dependent redundant communications capability – a "back up" method of communication when all else fails. http://emergency.cdc.gov/nphrn/

NIH’s Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness is a web-accessible bibliographic database of electronic resources related to public health preparedness. Some of the resources focus on how the public health workforce can improve its readiness to respond to emergencies; others provide guidance on how to mitigate and manage the public health consequences of disasters. It is a tool for practice-based public health professionals who need to find preparedness information in the fullest form, and in the quickest way possible. http://phpreparedness.nlm.nih.gov/

The NIMS Incident Command System Field Guide® pocket reference is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It allows you to customize contact information for each incident for rapid on-scene communication, and provides detailed dynamic checklists that ensure that no detail is missed. The content is all-hazards, non-jurisdictional and discipline-specific, and includes responsibilities and rules for applying the Incident Command System (ICS). Learn more on iTunes  




FEMA’s Community Preparedness Webinar Series provides up-to-date information on community preparedness topics and resources available to citizens, community organizations, and Citizen Corps Councils. The Citizen Corps Council Successes – Tapping Your Community’s Resource webinar is Tuesday, Feb 8 at 2:00 EST and will introduce participants to three award winning Councils with best practices to share.  Visit www.ready.gov/preparedness-leader/webinar-library to learn more.


Formidable Footprint - A National Neighborhood Exercise Series - Members of CERTs, Neighborhood Associations, Faith-based groups, Citizen Corps and others can join the Formidable Footprint tabletop exercise on Floods on Saturday, Feb 26 from 9:00AM - 4:00PM EST. This is the second of 6 online webinars between now and June .. and they're all FREE to attend. For more information and to register for the 2/26 and other 2011 exercises visit www.drc-group.com/project/footprint.html

Also... join Depiction on Thursday, Feb 24, for a pre-exercise webinar where valuable information and guidelines regarding exercise participation will be provided. The webinar is being hosted by Chris Floyd of the Disaster Resistant Communities Group and Ric Skinner, GISP, of The Stoneybrook Group LLC, who will be facilitating the mapping portion of the Formidable Footprint exercises.


The National AgrAbility Project is having a free webinar that explores emergency preparedness for Farmers, Ranchers and other Rural Residents with Disabilities. It will cover the development of emergency preparedness plans and support networks, sheltering, fire emergencies, mental health issues in emergencies, and more. The webinar is Thursday Feb 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST. To register visit http://news.agrability.org/2011/webinar_2-11.html

San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster (SF CARD) Program Manager Brian Whitlow will travel to Disaster City (College Station TX) from Monday Feb 7 thru Friday Feb 11. The exercise which Brian and other emergency responders from San Francisco will be participating in is geared toward a CBRNE event using simulations to train on incident management skills, staff responsibilities, situational awareness and decision-making skills. The course focus will be on the Incident Command Post (ICP) and the key decision-making requirements within that response node. The idea behind this drill is to help SF CARD staff better understand and practice the processes using social-media technologies to disseminate disaster-related updates. If you would like to monitor and be part of the discussion during the week long drill, follow SF CARD on Facebook  or  Twitter



Bill Liebsch was interviewed by the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network and appears in their February eJournal. (Article starts on page 10 of the 19-page PDF) 

Janet Liebsch appeared on the American Preppers Network Live show on Friday 2/4/11. Listen to the archive and learn about the Prepper Podcast Radio Network

Janet will also be appearing on DestinySurvival Radio this Thursday 2/10 at 1p Central on Preparedness Radio Network 



...only 32 of the 4,000 miles - less than 1% - along the northern border have an "acceptable level" of security, according to the Government Accountability Office report?! The report by the watchdog arm of Congress said federal officials can only detect illegal border crossings along 1,007 miles of the border, and blasted federal agencies for not cooperating with each other. It also found that illegal crossings by terrorists are more likely to occur across the northern border than the southern border. Source: NY Daily News  via NTARC

...a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science succeeded in developing an enzyme that breaks down organophosphorus nerve agents efficiently before damage to nerves and muscles is caused. Recent experiments performed in a U.S. military laboratory (USAMRICD) have shown that injecting a relatively small amount of this enzyme into animals provides protection against certain types of nerve agents, for which current treatments show limited efficacy. Source: ScienceDaily

...individuals exposed to disaster may experience a number of psychological problems including PTSD, grief, anxiety, and increased substance abuse, but the evidence shows that less than 30% of adults experience severe, lasting levels of these problems. The majority of people exposed to a disaster experience passing distress but return to psychological health. In other words, people tend to be psychologically resilient. Source: ScienceDaily



Education for Disaster Risk Reduction (Edu4drr) is a social network by and for teachers and educators who want to make a difference in disaster prevention education. http://www.edu4drr.org (Hat tip to Chasing4Life)

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and data protection, has a great YouTube video on creating a complex hard-to-guess password. Also ~ check out their blog discussing security issues at http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com

The University of Missouri Extension offers a great 19-pg template to guide families through the development process of developing a Family Disaster Plan. 
The plan is designed to be filled out electronically, however download the file to your computer before filling in the plan to protect your personal information. And keep an updated printout handy in a secured location.  Learn more

Got a cool link or idea? Email it to Janet at info@itsadisaster.net


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