HHS Releases New Emergency Preparedness Resources
May 31, 2016 09:35 AM
The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, recently released new health preparedness resources and information pertaining to the Zika Virus, hurricane preparedness, decontamination guidance for chemical incidents, cybercrime, and more.
Following are the new resources TRACIE announced for May 2016:
On May 9, 2016 ASPR TRACIE released an updated version of "Zika: Resources at Your Fingertips," to reflect updated resources and new information. As the situation unfolds and new information is released, ASPR TRACIE will update the document (and indicate changes in red fontwith the date), so be sure to check back often.
To support Hurricane Preparedness month, ASPR TRACIE released "Hurricane Resources at Your Fingertips." The document includes key lessons learned, categorized by profession and facility.
Decontamination Guidance for Chemical Incidents
ASPR TRACIE is featuring a recently released ASPR-sponsored study that found that ninety-nine percent of chemical contamination can be removed by carefully removing clothes and wiping skin with a paper towel or dry wipe. Community planners can incorporate the guidelines found on the webpage Decontamination Guidance for Chemical Incidents Scene Management into emergency response plans for mass patient decontamination.
ASPR TRACIE is closely tracking the impact of cybercrime/cyber hygiene on healthcare facilities. We recently hosted a roundtable with subject matter experts (recording to be posted soon), and are in the process of developing related products, to include a Topic Collection and Issue 2 of our newsletter The Exchange.
In anticipation of the upcoming election, ASPR TRACIE is finalizing a Topic Collection and has scheduled a webinar for healthcare coalitions on Mass Gatherings, with lessons learned from a variety of events (e.g., political, religious, and athletic). The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 2:00-3:00 ET. Speakers from healthcare coalitions and HHS ASPR will share their experiences with planning for and managing mass gatherings and National Special Security Events. Click here to register for the webinar.
There are currently 35 complete Topic Collections in the Technical Resources domain. Recent releases include Communication Systems, Homecare, Pre-Hospital, and Virtual Medical Care, and the Disaster Veterinary Issues collection was updated in May. Follow this link to access all comprehensively developed collections. Don't forget to log in and rate and comment on resources in Topic Collections or the Resource Library!
The Assistance Center has processed almost 500 TTA requests from a variety of stakeholders. At production time, TTA staff were responding to over 10 new requests. Requests have ranged from researching and providing individuals with topic-specific resources (e.g., disaster EMS protocols and casualty estimate tools) to putting them in direct contact with a subject matter expert. We maintain a summary of many of the TTA requests received and we encourage you to reach out if you need assistance.
Have you visited the Information Exchange (IE) domain lately? Login to check out the latest threads regarding Ebola Responder Down Protocol and Hospital EOP Templates. Recently added (redacted) TTA requests include a Healthcare Coalition Training and Exercise Calendar and a set of resources on Crisis Standards of Care. Don't forget to provide input on the National Healthcare Preparedness Program (NHPP) HPP Capabilities and Performance Measures. Register for the IE now tojoin the conversation. Need help navigating the IE? Check out this quick how-to video!