Advanced Practice Toolkits for Emergency Preparedness

The Community Communications Network is Expanding

Public Health – Seattle & King County is making some important changes to the Community Communications Network.

First, Public Health staff and local city and county partners are developing a plan to allow partner agencies, such as city Emergency Operations Centers, to access the Community Communications Network during emergencies. We are still working out the exact details of this partnership, but are very excited to share this important resource with our partners when emergency information not related to health is needed to get out to our most at-risk residents.

Through partnerships with our counties Human Service Planners, we have completed a gap analysis identifying important community based organizations not on our current CCN list. These agencies are now being recruited and will be added to our network.

Finally, we are making some changes to our enrollment form. We identified some key information we would like to collect from our CCN members to aid in more strategic outreach. Some new categories we are adding are: geographical area served, vulnerable populations served, language groups served and a section to opt-in to text messaging alerts. These details will allow us to send messages to agencies serving in a specific area impacted by emergencies or disasters. It will also help us identify which translations our members will need and/or help us to identify who are able to outreach to specific communities.

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Winner Announced in APC User Review Contest

The APC Program is pleased to announce Amy Tippey from Illinois’s Tazewell County Health Department is the winner of the APC User Review Contest! Amy has won free registration to NACCHO Annual, and will be attending the conference July 11 – 13 in Los Angeles.

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Upcoming Webinar : Enhancing Local Health Department Resiliency Through Continuity of Operations

Severe weather. Power outages. Earthquakes. Disease outbreaks. Server failures. In the past twelve months, your organization has probably weathered an event like one of these. When emergencies strike, power failures, transportation impacts, employee absenteeism, or facility damage strains your agency’s ability to sustain your most critical business functions. How did you fare last time around? Can improvements be made? 

Continuity of Operations (COOP) is the capability to implement strategies to minimize the impact of an emergency or disaster on vital business operations. During the webinar you will learn about tools that can support you in developing procedures to implement continuity of operations plans and how the APC Continuity of Operations toolkit was used by a rural health department to improve their business resiliency.

DATE & TIME: June 12, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

REGISTER:Webinar registration @ http://readytalk.com/r/g4pozxe2xubc

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