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Bolster Your Agency's Emergency Preparedness Plan with NWCPHP Trainings

Celebrate National Preparedness Month by integrating NWCPHP's trainings and resources into your agency's preparedness training plan.

Celebrate National Preparedness Month by integrating NWCPHP's trainings and resources into your agency's preparedness training plan.

September 5, 2014

This September, organizations across the US are celebrating National Preparedness Month and educating communities and businesses on steps they can take to be disaster-ready.

For public health, the need for emergency preparedness planning and training is just as relevant, with recent events such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Chikungunya in the Americas, and Washington State Oso mudslide a poignant reminder of that need.

NWCPHP has over 100 archived webinars, online courses, and resources available by request or accessible via our training search page. In addition, we've added new trainings on emergency preparedness including:

Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Emergencies create unique legal circumstances for public health agencies and their staff. Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness provides an overview of legal issues to consider when planning and delivering public health or healthcare services in large-scale emergencies. Developed in partnership with the Network for Public Health Law Western Region Office and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this online course helps public health professionals and the attorneys they work with identify legal issues and solutions that arise during emergencies.

September and October Hot Topics in Practice Webinars
Despite the many day-to-day activities conducted in the name of emergency preparedness, organizations involved in these efforts are frequently judged by how well they handle incidents with large losses of life. The need for mass casualty management is clear, but how do agencies get it right? Join NWCPHP for two compelling webinars on preparing for and responding to mass fatality events. In Mass Fatality Management: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Preparedness and Response, on September 23, representatives from the Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences in Houston, Texas, will explain how they developed partnerships and protocols to respond to mass fatalities. In the Public Health's Response to the Oso Mudslide, on October 8, a representative from the Snohomish Health District in Washington State will share how the district worked with county, state, and federal partners to respond to a massive mudslide in rural Washington.

Texting for Public Health
A texting program can allow public health agencies to communicate with the public efficiently and effectively during emergencies and other time-sensitive conditions. NWCPHP and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) have developed Texting for Public Health, an interactive, online toolkit for public health agencies interested in starting an in-house texting program. The toolkit covers topics such as: audience research, marketing and messaging strategies, legal issues and security threats, and program planning and evaluation.

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