The Express
February 2019

As winter (and flu season, and extreme cold) maintains its grip on many regions of the country, the ASPR TRACIE Team extends our warm appreciation for your continued partnership and support. Our Natural Disasters Topic Collection and Select Infectious Disease Resources page offer links to relevant, helpful resources. As always, if you have a resource to share or need technical assistance, we encourage you to reach out to us.


In this issue of The Express, we highlight a recent and upcoming webinar, our “New User” features, ASPR- and partner-specific resources, upcoming events, and updates from our three domains.

Register Today: Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Small and Rural Hospitals Webinar
Hospital-based incident command systems (e.g., HICS) have been used formally in U.S. hospitals since the late 1970’s as a way to manage incidents, coordinate resources and communications, and collaborate with community-based response agencies. Despite their widespread adoption and use, there is very little published information available on lessons learned, best practices, and real-world adaptation of these systems. This free webinar (the second in our series) is scheduled for March 12, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 PM ET and will feature speakers from small and rural hospitals who have experienced a recent emergency and activated their hospital-based incident command systems. The speakers will provide a brief overview of the incident, describe how they implemented their incident command system, share lessons learned and tools for small and rural hospitals, and discuss how they have incorporated these lessons into their current systems and plans. Register today!
New! Webinar Recording Available: ASPR Healthcare and Public Health Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit
The RISC Toolkit was developed with the input of a team of healthcare partners and risk management subject matter experts and designed to help healthcare facility owners and operators identify risks in an easy-to-follow format using objective, national-level data. In this webinar, speakers provided a brief overview of the RISC Tool and share how they have implemented the toolkit. While most questions were answered during the webinar, this document includes responses to questions that were collected afterwards.
New to ASPR TRACIE? Start Here!
We know your time is precious, so we created a New User page that presents a snapshot of our three domains and their features. It also includes links to ASPR TRACIE resource pages. Need more information? Access this short presentation (contact us for the PowerPoint file) and download our factsheet.
Just Released: ASPR’s National Health Security Strategy
The National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) aims to strengthen and sustain communities’ abilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies. This webpage includes links to the full text of the plan, an overview, the NHSS Implementation Plan, the NHSS Evaluation of Progress, and an NHSS Archive.
Now Available: Resources Available to Prepare For and Respond to Nerve Agent Emergencies
Find out what first responders and healthcare workers need to know to protect themselves and save lives if an incident involving fourth generation nerve agents (also known as Novichoks or A-series nerve agents) ever occurs in the U.S. These three resources were developed by an interagency workgroup comprising experts in medicine, science, public health, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, and occupational safety.
New: Emergency Preparedness- Updates to Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM)
This update to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule (EP Rule): adds emerging infectious diseases to the definition of all-hazards approach; provides new Home Health Agency citations; and lists clarifications under alternate source power and emergency standby systems. Email with questions regarding the EP Rule.
Upcoming Events

March 7-8, 2019

The 9th Annual Healthcare Disaster Preparedness Symposium (Miami, FL) will cover Healthcare Preparation and Response to Disasters and Emergencies including Mass Casualty Incidents from lessons learned and evidenced based material. Check out the ASPR TRACIE and CMS: Emergency Preparedness Rule Compliance, Expectations, and Resources session on March 8 from 10:30am-12:00pm.


March 19-20, 2019

Learn more about ASPR TRACIE at the Virginia Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy (Virginia Beach, VA) on March 20 from 1:00-2:00pm. The academy provides a venue where participants are exposed to current information, research findings, and practical tools to strengthen public health and healthcare preparedness in Virginia.


March 27-28, 2019

ASPR TRACIE will be featured in two presentations at NACCHO’s 2019 Preparedness Summit. The first, Tools to Improve Special Pathogen Readiness, will be held from 3:30-5:00 PM on March 27. Speakers from ASPR, New York City Health + Hospitals, Nebraska Medicine, and Minnesota Department of Health will demonstrate new tools designed to assist jurisdictions in improving their readiness to manage suspected special pathogen patients. Our poster, Engaging Non-Traditional Partners in the Disaster Healthcare Delivery System, will be presented on March 28, from 12:00-3:30 PM and will highlight recent ASPR TRACIE projects involving healthcare settings not traditionally engaged in emergency management activities (e.g., urgent care centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, home health care, and hospice). Experts from TRACIE and other ASPR programs will be available at the ASPR exhibit booth to discuss the latest preparedness, response, and recovery resources and best practices.


April 17-19, 2019

The Georgia EMAG Conference (Savannah, GA) features speakers and sessions designed for emergency management professionals, public health, healthcare coalitions, and others. Check out the ASPR TRACIE Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Resources at Your Fingertips— Useful Guidance and Lessons Learned from Recent Incidents session on April 17, from 1:30-2:45 PM.

Domain Updates
Technical Resources Icon Technical Resources
We continue to refresh our comprehensively developed Topic Collections in the Technical Resources domain! Access the most recent version of the Ambulatory Care and Federally Qualified Health Centers Collection today!
Assistance Center Icon Assistance Center
The Assistance Center has processed over 4,460 technical assistance (TA) requests from a variety of stakeholders. Recently released responses to TA requests include: Healthcare Coalition Best Practices and Communications and Information Sharing Resources; CMS EP Rule Exercise Requirements; Metal Detector Use in Hospitals; and Healthcare Coalition Funding Allocation. Check out our summary of TA responses, and please reach out if you need assistance.
Information Exchange Icon Information Exchange
Nearly 5,600 of your colleagues use the Information Exchange—do you? Register now to join the conversation and learn more about setting up private topic areas. Need help navigating the IE? Check out this short how-to video
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