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DelValle Institute: Operationalizing Emergency Plans: Incident Command in Action

  • Gould Barn 1 Howlett Street Topsfield, MA, 01983 United States (map)

Course Description:
Input gathered through recent stakeholder workshops indicated a strong need for enhanced emergency operations training for those already familiar with basic ICS concepts. This course has been developed specifically for individuals who will be involved at the decision-making level during large-scale emergencies impacting healthcare and public health. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity to learn how standard emergency management tools and practices can be applied in the context of regional Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions (HMCCs).

Course objectives will focus primarily on achieving proficiency in meeting several Core Capabilities established by FEMA specific to healthcare and public health, along with several capabilities listed in the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities (PHEP) and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities (HPP) documents. Participants will be exposed to the entire cycle of an incident, from identifying an approaching and potentially catastrophic weather phenomenon, to managing the response, and conducting an After Action Review.

The course allows participants to simulate the process of establishing ICS and utilizing their pre-existing EOPs to effectively manage a crisis by focusing on ensuring essential functions are maintained in a resource-constrained environment. By the conclusion of the course, participants will have identified steps to take in their own agencies to increase their own operational readiness.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Complete the pre-assessment and identify the purpose of the course.
  2. Apply standard emergency management tools and processes to identify and address potential impacts to a public health or healthcare agency due to a selected hazard.
  3. Fulfill primary responsibilities of an assigned Incident Command System role to initiate and coordinate an organization’s emergency operations response efforts in the context of a regional Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC).
  4. Describe key steps to take to mitigate effects of a large-scale incident causing medical surge and mass fatalities.
  5. Summarize the steps in an effective demobilization process and identify specific areas of improvement to increase the operational readiness of the learner’s own agency.
  6. Complete the post-assessment and review the purpose of the course.

Target Audience:
Professionals from public health and healthcare including community health centers, EMS, long-term care facilities, hospitals and emergency management professionals

OPHP Faculty & Region 3 HMCC
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness 

This course has been approved for 4.0 MA OEMS EMT credits.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.8 contact hours of nursing continuing education.