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KY Attends Anniston Training

A Medevac helicopter lands as part of Blue Grass Airport's Full Scale ExerciseSeveral members of the Kentucky preparedness family recently completed a week of intense training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL, at no cost to the commonwealth. RPC 8/9 David Fifer, along with Montgomery County Planner Dave Carney and Buffalo Trace Planner Ron Bryant, completed hospital emergency response training for mass casualty incidents, which focused on supporting and performing patient decontamination. Meanwhile, HPP Coordinator Brad Learn, HPP 1 Cindy Mangrum, HPP 11 Sharon Green and KHA Trauma Coordinator Dick Bartlett completed public health leadership for mass casualty incidents, which focused on the application of ICS principles to mass casualty scenarios. They were joined by others from KDPH partner agencies across the commonwealth, some of whom received training in field EMS operations. At week’s end, each of the course cohorts came together for a day-long full-scale exercise simulating a WMD release during a major community event, affected by weather. Students were required to integrate their skill sets from an all-hazards perspective, just as they would in a real world incident. Several individuals from Kentucky were selected for major leadership positions in the exercise, based on their classroom performance and professional accomplishments.

Lawrence County HD Holds Mass Fatality Exercise

On April 28, 2014 Lawrence County Health Department held a mass fatality family assistance center table top exercise. Eighteen state, county and media agencies were represented among the 30 people who participated. The scenario had a helicopter crashing into the ER of a local medical center with 32 fatalities and numerous injured from the event. The room was setup by disciplines and everyone interacted throughout the exercise. At the end of the day three questions were answered:

  1. Who will open the Family Reunification Center?
    Lawrence County Health Department
  2. Where will the center be located?
    First Baptist Church in Louisa with a backup at the Methodist church 
  3. Who will staff the center?
    Members of KCCRB, Red Cross, LHD and the church
Region 10- AmbuBus Kit Training

On May 2, 2014 approximately 20 HPC Region 10 partners gathered for assembly and installation training on an AmbuBus kit they purchased this fiscal year as a regional resource.

The vendor supplied a trainer for a hands-on demonstration. The HPC group partnered with Lawrence County Schools who agreed to supply a bus for use in an evacuation and house it at the bus garage. At the close of the training, the AmbuBus kit was fully installed on the bus and ready to evacuate up to 12 patients on stretchers if needed.

Since the bus was spacious enough, the coalition determined two wheelchair package kits should be installed on the bus to evacuate an additional six wheelchair patients for a total of 18 patients to be evacuated in one run.

The plans are already in motion to purchase and install the wheelchair packages. The HPC is very grateful to Lawrence County Schools and bus garage that have been very generous and helpful with developing this evacuation capability for HPC Region 10.

Jean Caudill Receives KOIN Award

Jean Caudill, Region 7 HPC coordinator at the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department was recently presented the 2014 Kentucky Outreach and Information Network (KOIN) award for outstanding emergency preparedness efforts in support of the KOIN for Northern Kentucky.

Jean has been successful in recruiting numerous individuals into the KOIN and for her outreach efforts to service providers in the eight counties of the Region 7 HPC area of northern Kentucky.

Thanks, again, Jean for all you do.


Tristate MRC Holds Disaster Volunteer Summit

On Saturday May 17 Tristate MRC units sponsored a full day training summit for disaster volunteers from across the Greater Cincinnati area including Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Southwest Ohio. More than 150 volunteers participated from MRC, CERT, VIPS and other Citizen Corps groups.

The NKY Regional Citizen Corps Council supported this training and provided 72-hour Ready Kit Plus backpacks as door prizes. Volunteers pre-registered to attend two two-hour classes from among wilderness survival, personal preparedness, first aid, CPR, missing persons, damage assessment, HAM radio and alternate care center operations (including tent wing set up in the parking lot).

The annual Tristate Disaster Volunteer Summit was hosted in Northern Kentucky in 2010 and 2013. Don Jacobs of the Three Rivers District MRC and Jean Caudill of the Northern Kentucky MRC are the MRC unit coordinators representing Kentucky at the Tristate MRC collaborative.

Western KY Preparedness Staff Meeting/SNS Workshop

On May 7, 2013 the Region 2 HPC hosted the 4th WKY Preparedness Staff Meeting/SNS Workshop. This event benefits each health jurisdiction with development of their RDS plans/closed POD plans and allows for local questions and concerns to be addressed by the subject matter experts.

The workshop began with an overview of the SNS program presented by Shannon Gregory followed by Tina Massengill's presentation of a possible anthrax scenario affecting four counties in Region 2.

Planners/HPC members were assigned to groups and directed to work a simulated RDS set up in the training center. Once completed, Lloyd Peniston presented on closed PODS and groups completed a walkthrough of a mock POD.

The workshop featured hands-on training on all steps in the process of an SNS activation from receiving federal SNS assets at the state level, receiving and re-distributing those assets at the RDS to the local POD site and finally distributing those assets from the POD site to the affected population.


Last Updated 6/19/2014
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