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HMCC Region 3 Quarterly Newsletter

HMCC Region 3

Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 2 – July 7, 2017

Announcements

  • Congratulations and welcome to Laura Vlasuk, the new Health Agent for the Town of Reading! Laura comes to Reading from the City of Malden Health Department.
  • As of July 1, NEEMS will be contracting with IIGL to run operations for Region 3 HMCC. Mark Munroe and the new Program Coordinator will now be employees of NEEMS.
  • Jim Richardson has been selected as the new Region 3 HMCC Coordinator and will begin his new position shortly. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge not only in healthcare but also emergency planning. Welcome, Jim!

How to Contact the Region 3 HMCC Duty Officer:

Phone: (978) 946-8130 (978) 946-8131 North-East CMED
Email: [email protected]

Page the HMCC Duty Officer when: additional support is needed to address an incident or further threat is pending.
Email the Duty Officer when: no additional support is needed or no further threat is pending.

Click here for more information about the Region 3 HMCC Duty Officer.


Operationalizing Emergency Plans-Incident Command in action on June 1 in Topsfield.

Region 3 HMCC Hospital Events

As part of their project, the Region 3 HMCC Hospitals hosted two seminars in May; Surge Capacity and Planning During a Disaster and Internal Medical Surge Capacity Planning Workshop. Each program highlighted important planning and response strategies before, during and after a disaster. Presenters from all over the country shared their personal experiences and provided various resources for attendees to use in their planning efforts.

HMCC Region 3 Drills

Images from the Salem and Lynn Hospital Decontamination Drills
Images from a National Grid Drill

Program Manager Mark Munroe Attends Homeland Security Training

Mark Munroe recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act.

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.

“Until Help Arrives” Coming to Mass.

Eleven members of the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps attended the nation’s third classroom offering of the new curriculum, “Until Help Arrives,” in Nashua on May 25. Instructors represented FEMA, the city’s Emergency Management and EMS.

The Upper Merrimack Valley Public Health Coalition worked in tandem with the HMCC to provide a grant for $3939 to its local MRC. The funds were to be allocated towards a project that would benefit the entire region and be completed by June 30.
The UMV MRC proposed an initiative called ‘Beyond First Aid’ with two key deliverables: 1) Create a basic supply kit, with medical training and treatment protocols, for patient assessment at public events. 2) Launch the new national curriculum, “Until Help Arrives,” that was presented in April at the NACCHO Summit – plus a related program that was released last October, “Stop The Bleed.” Visit www.ready.gov/untilhelparrives and www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed for details.

These new courses are particularly exciting because they offer skills that the general public and first responders can apply. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. More trauma victims can be saved when bystanders apply five steps to help someone who may have a life-threatening injury.

The UMV MRC launched “Until Help Arrives” in Massachusetts on June 14 and 29. Anyone who would like to be among the first students in Massachusetts to take this innovative course are urged to call 978-399-2549 or e-mail [email protected]


Upcoming Events

 

For more events and updates, visit the HMCC Events Calendar.


Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition

125 Amesbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01840

603-339-7398
[email protected]

The Region 3 Health and Medical Coordination Coalition (HMCC) was formed in 2015 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Staff are funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s members comprise of five disciplines which include local health, hospitals, EMS, long term care, and community health centers.

Its mission is to advance the preparedness activities of 49 cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts with a population of 1.2 million residents.

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HMCC Region 3 Quarterly Newsletter – March 7, 2017

HMCC Region 3

Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1 – March 7, 2017

Announcements

Region 3 HMCC hosted DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness training “Personal Protective Equipment Train the Trainer” on Feb. 14 and 15.

  • The Region 3 HMCC announced the approval of the much anticipated 24-7 duty officer plan.
  • Region 3 announces the quarterly general meeting to be held on March 14.
  • Region 3 hospitals will conduct mass casualty drills in April.
  • The EOC committee has begun creating an emergency operations plan to aid its 49 cities and towns, along with the 13 hospitals, in times of regional or statewide emergencies.

Shelter Supplies Delivered to Lowell Health Department

Collaboration was the word of the day on February 28 as members of the HMCC worked together to receive surplus shelter and medical supplies. Members of the HMCC staff including program manager Mark Munroe and coordinator Jon Brickett worked with Department of Public Health staff members Jim Richardson and Felicia Balbi to coordinate the effort. A call went out for Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers who responded with personnel from three regional MRC units to off load 10 pallets of supplies. These supplies will be disseminated to organizations throughout the region.

The five disciplines that comprise the HMCC have all requested the surplus medical and shelter supplies. Munroe developed a process to get these much needed supplies and equipment to the entities. The program began last fall when the DPH coordinator was asked to develop a process to get surplus supplies to all six HMCC regions in the Commonwealth. Each region received five pallets of supplies and equipment which will become the property of the HMCC and its disciplines.

A special thanks to Kerin Vigroux, Health Director for the City of Lowell, for allowing the region to use her facility as a drop off point and staging area for the supplies. It is worth noting that this effort was accomplished with no funding and couldn’t have been completed without the partnerships that the HMCC has fostered.

Hospitals to Host Important Seminar

As part of their Region 3 joint project, the hospitals have decided to host a four hour seminar, “Hospital Response in All Hazardous Situations.”

The seminar will be held on May 2 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and presentations will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. A continental breakfast will be served.

The event will feature guest speakers from New Jersey and Louisiana who will detail their hospital experiences as they dealt with Hurricane Sandy and the 100 Year Flood. They will discuss lessons learned and changes made to their emergency operations plan as they worked through their response efforts.

Registration will be limited to hospital personnel with a limited number of seats available to other disciplines.


Upcoming Events

HICS: Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities
Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m.
Baystate Health Systems Conference Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040

How to Perform Respiratory Fit Testing
Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854

Seminar: Hospital Response in All Hazardous Situations
Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 a.m.
Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane

Functional Exercise: Disease Surveillance/Medical Countermeasures Exercise
May 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Full Scale Exercise: Disease Surveillance/Medical Countermeasures
Friday, May 19

For more events and updates, visit the HMCC Events Calendar.


Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition

125 Amesbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01840

603-339-7398
[email protected]

The Region 3 Health and Medical Coordination Coalition (HMCC) was formed in 2015 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Staff are funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s members comprise of five disciplines which include local health, hospitals, EMS, long term care, and community health centers.

Its mission is to advance the preparedness activities of 49 cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts with a population of 1.2 million residents.

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