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[ Website, Podcast ]

Prepare for medical surge by engaging community pharmacies/pharmacists with preparedness efforts.

Federal, state, and local governments must reach out to pharmacists to ensure that they are included in policy decisions and emergency planning, and to seek their input on the pharmaceutical needs of vulnerable populations. Rx4Prep is an interactive, educational website to help local health departments obtain information about collaborating with pharmacies and connect with other users.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
[ HostedVideo, PDF ]

Design and conduct a full-scale disaster exercise using a DVD-based interactive training course designed to assist public health and emergency management professionals.

The DVD includes video footage that details Tarrant County's full-scale dirty bomb disaster drill. The tool also includes an interactive training manual as well as a chapter-based lecture series focused on the design and evaluation components of a public health exercise.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
[ Podcast, Website ]

Master the Disaster!LIVE (MTD!/LIVE) is an online, web-based tool that will run on any computer platform (Windows, Linux, or Mac) that offers a simplified, step-by-step process for creating your own customized tabletop exercise (TTX) slide presentation for several chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) and natural disaster scenarios.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
[ HostedVideo, PDF ]
This exercise guide is a rich resource tool utilizing tools previously developed by the Tarrant County APC to provide guidance on performing a public health-focused radiological exercise. The document distills key information from a variety of authoritative sources, to be used as a process guide for local health departments to perform one of the most critical but often neglected aspects of public health readiness: the operations-based or test exercise for an incident involving radioactive agents such as a radioactive dispersion device or so-called “dirty bomb.” The guide contains numerous links to planning and training resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Energy websites. The CD also contains a 17 minute video overview of a major field functional exercise performed in November 2004 involving a simulated dirty bomb at a major NASCAR facility, the Texas Motor Speedway. This CD should be used as a didactic piece along with the DVD, “Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Public Health Exercise – A Dirty Bomb Disaster.” The CD covers additional operational considerations in performing a radiological exercise.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center

[ PowerPoint, PDF, HostedVideo ]
PsychoSocial/Behavioral Response to Radiological and Nuclear Disasters is an awareness-level orientation course that addresses mental health/behavioral health issues relevant to radiological/nuclear disasters. The training incorporates elements of established disaster mental health knowledge gleaned from actual radiological/nuclear events as well as practices described in leading academic and governmental publications. Completed in September 2010 and available at no cost to NACCHO members, the course provides curriculum for educators and trainers responsible for workforce development in behavioral health response competencies for radiological/nuclear disaster workers. The CD tool provides training materials that allow public health departments, healthcare, EMS personnel, other public safety responders and public health partners to effectively understand how to provide for early detection of, and the mitigation of the deleterious behavioral health and psychosocial effects of a nuclear or radiological disaster. The course also includes exercises that cover radiation exposure devices, radiological dispersion devices (dirty bomb) or improvised nuclear devices, and how to effectively interact with the public and healthcare community via the application of Psychological First Aid and effective Risk Communication. The CD is a train-the-trainer tool that consists of didactic instruction including PowerPoint slides as presentation aids as well as practice of concepts learned using vignettes/scenarios, group discussion, and decision-making with feedback. Handouts and references also provide detail that extends the scope of the presented materials. Trainer guidance is also provided as self-study material. Training addresses the four major intervention strategies for mental health/behavioral health management of a radiological/nuclear mass casualty incident: mental health triage, psychological first aid, risk communication, and building personal and community resilience. Local health departments can use the resources on the CD “as is” or customize them for their unique needs. The product requires no special training or computer equipment other than the availability of a CD drive with optional Internet connection.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
[ PowerPoint ]
Responding to Chemical and Radiological Disasters – A Self-Paced Training Course is an interactive CD training tool targeted at public health and healthcare professionals. It is organized along two basic learning tracks starting with the basics of radiation and toxicology, followed by the role of public health in radiological disasters, and more detailed training on radiological and chemical incidents. All-hazards modules introducing mass triage, decontamination and the use of personal protective equipment are also included. The CD contains supplemental videos and additional training resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center

[ PDF, Word, PowerPoint, HostedVideo ]
This three-volume set is a collection of training and tutorial material compiled for awareness level training on how to respond to incidences involving nuclear, radiological or chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The material was created from a variety of government, university, and private foundation sources specializing in WMD emergency preparedness. It is targeted at three distinct audiences involved in emergency response: public health staff, medical ER staff, and fire/first responders. It also contains a training section for trainers who may present the material as provided, or may customize from the various sections to emphasize certain emergency response concepts as needed. Users should first review the README file, study the tutorial modules in Appendix A, step through the training presentation slides in the folder for their particular background interest, then take the post-training tests in Appendix B. Tutorial tests are also provided at the end of each module in Appendix A and may be submitted to the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center Office of Professional and Continuing Education for CME/CEU credits.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center