Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recently held 3 Joint Regional Partner town hall meetings to promote disaster preparedness collaboration.
IDHS and ISDH provided attendees an overview of planning and operations, training and exercise, and state and local coordination within each state agency. Critical areas for collaboration; Healthcare Coalition (HCC) Preparedness Plan, District Public Health and Medical Risk Assessment, District HCC Resource and Gap Analysis, HCC Response Plan, and Response Coordination.
Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions via note cards to a panel discussion including: Bryan Langley, Executive Director IDHS; Dr. Kristina Box, State Health Commissioner, ISDH; Dr. Michael Kaufmann, State EMS Medical Director, IDHS; and Lee Christenson, Director-Division of Emergency Preparedness, ISDH.
Of note, Dr. Kaufmann, State EMS Medical Director urged Pre-Hospital Providers to become more involved as schools
continue to be a target of violence. EMS providers in the school setting, instructing CPR and Stop the Bleed to students, parents, and educators is key to
Attendees were also encouraged to include Pre-hospital providers to participate in their local Healthcare Coalition to build response