Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness

Monday, June 7
Lecture HallLecture Hall
1:00 – 1:50pm
Environmental Health's Role in Planning for the 2012 Olympics Games – 2009 NEHA Sabbatical Exchange Project
Although they are still two years away, planning is has been underway since 2005 for the 2012 summer Olympic games in London. This session will highlight the 2009 NEHA Sabbatical Exchange Project, which examined the role environmental health plays in preparing for an event of a magnitude that is expected to create the largest-ever security challenge for peacetime Britain.
Marcy Barnett, REHS, REA, Emergency Preparedness Liaison, California Dept. of Public Health, Sacramento, CA

3:00 – 3:50pm
Emergency Management: Mitigation Planning for Environmental Health

EH practitioners are skilled in communications with their communities. Such skills are more essential during times of natural disaster, both in response and recovery. Federal Emergency Management laws now require the development of Hazard Mitigation Plans by jurisdictions if they are to receive funding after disasters.  Planning with other government partners and communities is a natural fit for EH professionals.  We can help communities mitigate problems, resolve outstanding risks, and curtail threats to public health. This session will equip attendees with skills to understand the Federal Mitigation Planning Requirements, reach out to their Emergency Management partners to help their community's long range plans and become more involved with critical partners in their communities.
Louis A. Dooley, RS, MS, Program Coordinator, Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management, Tacoma, WA

4:00 – 4:50pm
Utilizing Disaster Resiliency Indices to Enable Your Community and Organization
Disaster Resilience is the capacity of a community exposed to hazards to adapt, by resisting or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure.  Resilience is determined by the degree to which the community is capable of organizing itself to increase its capacity for learning from past disasters. The Florida Department of Health, Environmental Health has developed a user-friendly tool to assist communities and organizations in preparing for disasters and assuring a region is prepared and able to bounce-back and assist vulnerable populations and the affected communities.  The tool will be introduced and analyzed through case studies.  Attendees are invited to come prepared with resources and questions regarding the application of a resiliency tool in their region.  Learn how your organization can utilize these tools for community resiliency and preparedness planning. 
Sandra Whitehead, PhD, Environmental Public Health Planner, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL

Tuesday, June 8
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
8:30 – 10:20am
Crisis Communications – Message Mapping

What if you were asked to explain environmental health risks to the media and the public during an emergency? What would you say? Are you ready? Effective communications during crises can build your credibility, impart important information and, most importantly, contribute to saving lives and minimizing injury. This interactive session challenges participants with a series of hands-on exercises designed to help attendees develop clear and concise messages during emergencies.
Nate McMichael, Public Affairs Specialist-Radiation Protection Division, EPA, Washington, DC
Jessica Wieder, Public Affairs Specialist-Radiation Protection Division, EPA, Washington, DC

10:30 – 11:20am
Attack Of the Black Swan: Risk Assessment for Environmental Health
A key tool for environmental heath management is risk assessment. But what is risk assessment, and how is it performed? In this session tools and techniques will be introduced for determining risk in order to focus resources on the most critical items. Through example there will be discussion of risk in a variety of environmental health issues. Finally, the session will discuss “black swans”– the cases when improbable events occur and how to manage risk for such cases.
Steven J. Lipton, MEd, MSJS, LEHP, CP-FS, President, Biotest Division of Scientific Device Laboratory Inc. Services Inc., Des Plaines, IL and NEHA Technical Section Vice Chair of Food Safety and Protection

1:00 – 2:50pm
Decision Making in the Field During Disasters
Welcome to the real world of environmental health emergency response.  Every disaster presents a unique set of conditions that test the knowledge and skills of environmental health professionals.  Throughout the session, you will play the role of an environmental health professional working in the field to protect the public’s health and safety during a simulated disaster.  This session will enable attendees to describe the role of environmental health professionals in disaster response and recovery, recognize issues to address and make informed and sound decisions during response and recovery efforts for a flood or chemical incident, and become aware of the importance, significance, and contributions that environmental health professionals make when a disaster or emergency strikes a community.
Brian R. Golob, REHS, CHMM, Senior Environmentalist, Hennepin County Public Health Protection, Hopkins, MN

Wednesday, June 9
Lecture HallLecture Hall
1:00 – 1:50pm
Marketing Your Message – Getting H1N1 Information to the Priority Group (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

How do you know you spent the H1N1 PHER money wisely for advertising?  Did you reach the priority groups and did they respond?  Do you have data to show what type of advertising was effective?  The Barry-Eaton District Health Department developed questionnaires to track multiple media campaigns focusing on the best way to market H1N1 information to the various priority groups.  Find out what works and what doesn’t during this session!
Steve Tackitt, RS, MPH, DAAS, Health Officer, Barry-Eaton District Health Dept., Charlotte, MI 

2:00 – 2:50pm
Applied Public Health Teams of the US Public Health Service

Customary public health services can be overwhelmed or disrupted in the aftermath of a major disaster.  Populations residing in or returning to disaster-affected areas will likely be exposed to hazards.  In addition, damage or destruction of public health and community infrastructures such as drinking or waste water treatment systems, health surveillance capacity, and healthcare or laboratory services could contribute to a breakdown of existing health protections from physical, biological, or chemical hazards in an affected community. To assist in disaster response efforts, The US Public Health Service created five Applied Public Health Teams (APHTs). At the end of this session, attendees will be able to identify the response capabilities of Applied Public Health Teams (APHTs), recognize the functional structure and service delivery groups of APHTs and understand the mechanism by which APHTs can be deployed as federal government assets.
CAPT Joe Maloney, MPH, REHS, Senior Program Management Officer, CDC, Atlanta, GA

3:00 – 3:50pm
The Use of Environmental Public Health Strike Teams During the 2009 Kentucky Ice Storm

During the 2009 Kentucky Ice Storm, the Commonwealth's largest natural disaster, environmental public health strike teams helped to re-establish communications with local health departments, conduct emergency shelter surveillance, initiate morbidity reporting, assess healthcare facilities generally outside the duties of KY environmentalist (i.e., dialysis centers, hospitals, and nursing homes), and re-open permitted retail food establishments. This session will enable attendees to define the components of an environmental public health strike team, the multiple uses of environmental public health strike teams during an emergency response and the challenges encountered during an environmental public health emergency response.
Vonia L. Grabeel, REHS/RS, MPH, Environmental Health Section Supervisor, Department for Public Health, Frankfort, KY



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