As an integral piece of the Nation’s critical infrastructure, healthcare facilities, regardless of specialty, must continue to operate even during periods of great duress, such as pandemics, extreme weather or local incidents involving a significant release of hazardous materials. With global terrorism on the rise and an ever-increasing demand for medical services nationwide, healthcare workers require exceptional emergency preparedness training that is both flexible and considerate of a demanding work schedule. This three-and-a-half hour course will provide individuals working in healthcare settings with a foundation in all hazards basics. Through lecture and didactic discussion, participants will learn about recognizing a potential disaster incident and its corresponding threats. They will also learn to use the algorithm RAIN (Recognize, Avoid, Isolate, and Notify) to take initial defensive response actions against natural disasters, terrorism, and chemical, biological, explosive, and radiological agents. With its focus on healthcare personnel, the course will conclude by presenting material on the topics of victim management, personal preparedness and personal protective equipment.
Module I: All Hazard Awareness for Healthcare Personnel qualifies as “yearly refresher training” in accordance with OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.120—Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and 1910.132-Personal protective Equipment.
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:
Emergency management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public works, public health, healthcare, and private security
Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
Office of Public Health Preparedness
This course is approved for 3 hours of MA OEMS EMT credit at all levels (basic, advanced and paramedic).
This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.6 contact hours of nursing continuing education.
The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program, and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.