To The Corps ... Orange County Public Health Reserve Corps
Public Health Preparedness & Response Program
Orange County Health Department
300 West Tryon Street ● PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278
The Newsletter of the Orange County Public Health Reserve Corps 919-245-2388
Issue 8 Winter 2007
NIMS Compliance—Let’s Prepare Together!
In 2003, the Homeland Security Presidential incidents were met with a coordinated
Directive (HSPD-5) was issued directing the response. The health department complies
Secretary of Homeland Security to develop with this requirement by training staff in
the National Incident Management System introductory to advanced levels of ICS.
(NIMS). The NIMS system coordinates local Continued funding for public health planning
response operations through use of Incident partly depends on the health department’s
Command System (ICS) and standardized ability meet this deliverable.
procedures for disaster management.
Full compliance also means that health
According to the NIMS Integration Center department volunteers, especially those who
managed by the Department of Health and wish to provide emergency response
Human Services and FEMA, the benefit of services, be trained at ICS levels 100, 200,
NIMS is most obvious when a community and 700. We ask that all volunteers
prepares for emergencies and implements a complete ICS training. Courses can be
coordinated response through use of multiple completed online through the FEMA
agencies, standardized training, common Independent Study web site (see page 2).
terminology, and shared policies. We will also schedule classroom dates in the
Orange County Government adopted NIMS spring.
in June 2005 to ensure that all future
Community Preparedness Lecture Series
We are scheduling guest speakers for the program had good attendance, we want to
PHRC’s Spring 2007 Community Prepared- increase registration of PHRC volunteers
ness Lecture Series. Lectures planned for and other community members. We are
this year’s series are “Orange You Ready? planning to secure CE credits for each
An Emergency Preparedness Workshop,” lecture as an incentive for coming. The
In This Issue “Disaster Preparedness for Pets,” “Forces of program title has also changed slightly from
ICS Online 2 Nature: A National Geographic Movie last year’s. Instead of “Public Health
Screening,” and “Helping Special Populations Preparedness Lecture Series” the series is
Pandemic Influenza 3 During Disasters.” Each lecture will be led by now called “Community Preparedness
MRC-TRAIN Website 3 a local public health preparedness / disaster Lecture Series.”
Thanks to the Corps 4
Lectures will be held at Southern Human
Upcoming Events 4 The PHRC lecture series began in 2006 with Services Center in Chapel Hill and will
lectures on bioterrorism, avian flu, and begin at 6:30 pm. A flyer and registration
disaster mental health. While last year’s form will be mailed in April.
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How to Complete ICS Training Online
To achieve NIMS compliance, we are requiring all PHRC volunteers to complete
Incident Command System (ICS) training at levels 100, 200, and 700. Incident
Command System training was developed by FEMA for persons involved with
emergency planning, response, or recovery efforts. All PHRC volunteers who
plan to assist with local and non-local emergency response are expected to have
working knowledge of ICS.
About the Courses:
IS-100 - Introduction to Incident Command System - Introduction to the Incident Command System,
introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This
course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command
System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
IS-200 - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents - is designed to teach personnel how to operate
efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and
resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.
IS-700 - National Incident Management System: An Introduction - This course explains the purpose,
principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you
an opportunity to complete sample planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are
printable so that you can use them after you complete the course.
How to Complete Online Training:
Step 1: Go to the FEMA Independent Study Website at http://www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/IS/crslist.asp
Step 2: Select the IS course you wish to take (begin with IS-100)
Step 3: Download and Print the Final Exam Questions - PDF
Step 4: Select "Option 1: Interactive Web-based Course - EMI learning site" link
Step 5: Select the IS course you need and proceed through the lessons as instructed
Step 6: As you go through the course lessons, answer the questions on the Final Exam Questions - PDF
Step 7: Once you finish course lessons, go to "Take the Final Exam"
Step 8: Read "Important Information for taking this Independent Study Test" and select "Click here to take final
Step 9: Enter your paper-based answers into the web-based form and enter the "Required Student Information."
After you submit your test, you will receive an e-mail message from FEMA stating that you passed the course. Please
forward this message to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't pass, simply retake the test. Volunteers without an e-
mail account should read FEMA’s instructions for requesting a mailed copy of your certificate.
If you have questions, contact Candice at 919-245-2388 or email@example.com.
Don't delay! Take ICS today!
The first 4 people to forward all 3 of their "course passed" messages to Candice
will receive a travel-first aid kit!
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Pandemic Influenza —What you need to know
Influenza (“the flu”) is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, fatigue, body aches, cough, and sore
throat. Seasonal flu affects large numbers of people every year, and although most people recover, the flu is still
responsible for approximately 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations annually.
Why is there so much coverage in the news about “Avian Influenza” and What can you do now?
“Pandemic Influenza?” One reason is many experts believe that we are 1) Get flu shots annually!
“overdue” for a flu pandemic. Avian influenza is a virus that is carried in 2) Prepare an individual or family
water fowl, such as ducks and swans, and then transmitted to poultry. emergency pandemic flu plan (see
Poultry, like chickens, become sick and die from this disease, and it spreads
3) Practice good hand washing with
rapidly among the poultry population. In some instances the virus has been soap and warm water and teach your
transmitted to humans. All of the people who caught this flu virus, with a very children to do the same
few exceptions, contracted the disease after close contact with the blood or 4) Cover your cough and sneezes with
tissues and teach your children to do
body fluids of diseased chickens or after eating undercooked chicken.
5) Stay away from others when possible
The avian influenza virus has not yet shifted to a new virus that is easily
if you are sick and stay home from
spread from human to human, so there is no pandemic. There is also no bird school or work
flu in North or South America. However, experts fear that the bird flu virus
If you have any questions, please call us.
could shift and become a new or “novel” virus, and a flu pandemic will occur.
Article written by Carla Julian,RN, MPH
OCHD Public Health Emergency Planner
Before a pandemic can occur, a person must contract a human flu and the
bird flu at the same time. That is why North Carolina and Orange County are preparing for the possibility of a pan-
More Online Training CERT Program Update
Get on the MRC-TRAIN! Take ad- We’re moving full steam ahead with
vantage of more online public health the Orange County Community
preparedness courses by registering Emergency Response Team
for the MRC’s Training Finder Real- (CERT) Program. On January 13th
Time Affiliate Integrated Network we held our first training in Chapel
(TRAIN) learning management system. Our portal, Hill. Captain Mary Blevins from the Chapel Hill Fire De-
PHRC-TRAIN is up and running with tons of relevant partment led courses in disaster preparedness and fire
online public health preparedness trainings. This site safety. Groups represented in our first training were
also has a discussion board that you can use to share Cornwallis Hills and Orange County Radio Amateurs
training and program related information. Association. We also had a few individuals registered.
These participants went onto receive training in disaster
We want PHRC volunteers to create an MRC-TRAIN medical operations, light search and rescue, animal
account and take advantage of the available training care and protection, personal safety, and disaster psy-
opportunities. Visit www.mrc.train.org to register. chology to respond to community needs after disasters.
You can keep track of your online training progress using
this system. We will also record your progress in the pro- We’re looking for additional teams and instructors for
gram database. Your participation in this activity will put CERT. To learn more (or join), visit our webpage at
us one step closer to NIMS compliance. Read the en- www.co.orange.nc.us/health or call 919-245-2388.
closed fact sheet to learn more.
Thanks To the Corps... Volunteer Volume...
Public Health Reserve Corps Statistics as of 8/25/06
• So far, 93 (48%) volunteers have confirmed accurate
contact information for the PHRC database. Thank you to Volunteer Type Count
those who returned the Change of Information Form
mailed with the last newsletter. If you haven’t returned Administrative 7
your form please do so today by mailing or faxing it in (we Computer / IT 3
need this even if your contact info hasn’t changed since Dentist 5
you joined). Dental Hygienist 2
• In November, 29 volunteers offered to staff our mass vac- Health Educator 2
cination / community flu clinics in November. Both clinics Interpreter 1
were canceled, but we appreciate your willingness to pro- Medical Assistant 1
vide this community service. Nurses 123
Pharmacy Technicians 3
• Thank you to Frances Kovens, RN and Pam Smith, RN Physicians (Non-Psychiatry) 2
for participating in the November 18th CERT planning Psychiatrists 3
meeting. Your input was extremely helpful! Psychologist 1
Pre-Professional Students 1
Public Health Worker 2
The Orange County Health Department thanks ALL Public Safety 1
PHRC volunteers for making this another successful Respiratory Therapist 1
term! We look forward to your continued Social Workers 18
participation and support. Total 199
New Volunteers, Welcome to the Team!
It’s Amazing...It’s Incredible… Name Volunteer Type
It’s the PHRC Emergency Preparedness Bag!
Charles Beauchamp, MD Physician
Joan Davidson, PharmD Pharmacist
Get your PHRC preparedness bag Margaret Eckel Registered Nurse
today! This durable, black nylon bag is Delores Graham Public Health
Belinda Novik, PhD Psychologist
imprinted with the PHRC logo and words Mary Tassone, RRT-RCP Respiratory Therapist
“Emergency Preparedness Kit” and Brettania Walker Epidemiologist
What Happens Next...
One empty bag is available for every
volunteer to use as a preparedness kit for PHRC
deployments and other emergencies. Bags will be Volunteer Training
available at trainings and lectures. You can also pick your ICS—Online and Classroom Training
bag up from the PHRC office by appointment. MRC-TRAIN Registration
Community Lecture Series
PHRC Program Brochure Development
Volunteer Recruitment Campaign and Orientations
Candice Watkins-Robinson, CHES
Volunteer Coordinator / Sr. Public Health Educator
Orange County Public Health Reserve Corps
Orange County Health Department
300 W. Tryon St., PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278
www.co.orange.nc.us/health E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org