The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness plans and conducts an annual series of multidisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional sessions on a range of emergency preparedness and response topics. These day-long seminars feature nationally and internationally recognized experts and focus on new directions in preparedness and response.
Managing Mass Fatalities Seminar
Managing Mass Fatalities Seminar was hosted by the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Seminar materials, including the participant booklet, speaker presentations, and the seminar final report have been posted below.
Beyond Capacity: Medical Surge and Catastrophes Conference
Beyond Capacity: Medical Surge and Catastrophes conference was held on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Conference materials, including the participant booklet, all speaker presentations, and the conference report have been posted below.
- Disaster Response Challenges and Lessons Learned for the Metro Boston Region| Susan Briggs, PhD, MPH, MEd
- HEMS Utilization During Hospital Evacuation| Todd Denison, BS, NREMT-P
- Mass Casualty Incident: ICU Preparedness and Surge Capacity | Eric Mahoney, MD
- Mass Casualty Management: Lessons Learned from the Station Nightclub Fire| Peter Ginaitt, RN, EMT-C
- Medical Surge and Altered Standards of Care| Kathy Brinsfield, MD, MPH, FACEP
- Operation Haiti Relief: The Impact on Current Practice| Jeanne Eckes-Roper, RN, MBA
- Regional Collaboration: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Ike| Niky Smith
Exercises enable organizations to practice prevention, vulnerability reduction, and response and recovery capabilities. At the DelValle Institute, we provide exercise design and implementation expertise for community health centers, EMS, hospitals, long term care facilities, public health, and public safety partners to support Public Health and Medical Services Emergency Support Function 8 for the City of Boston and the metropolitan region.
Operation Falcon I
Operation Falcon I, a functional exercise, was conducted on October 14, 2010. The purpose was to test the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region’s (MBHSR) ability to triage, distribute, track, and treat five hundred critically injured patients. The exercise tested pre-hospital and hospital medical surge capacity including triage, dispatch, distribution and tracking of patients, and coordination among hospitals, community health centers, and other health care facilities.
Operation Falcon II
Operation Falcon II, built upon Operation Falcon I, was implemented on February 15, 2011. The intent was to evaluate current plans and capabilities of the participating agencies’ response to a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) resulting in a medical surge for hospitals and community health centers in the MBHSR. The functional exercise focused on medical, health care, public health, and emergency medical services capabilities including surge capacity, triggers for patient redistribution, and regional coordination.