Call for Virginia Preparedness Academy Session Applications

The following is from an email for immediate distribution from Betsy Marchant, VDH:

This year’s Academy Planning Committee invites public health, healthcare, and emergency management professionals to showcase and share their best practice models, tools, or other resources that advance the field of public health preparedness. 

 Academy session application process

  1. Submit application via the form at by April 10, 2015.
  2. Academy Planning Committee members will review all submissions.  
  3. Notification of acceptance or rejection is expected to occur by April 24, 2015. 
  4. All presenting authors must register for and attend the Academy.
  5. Presentations will occur on afternoon of May 18, 2015. The presentation length will be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of audience questions. 

Review Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Addresses one of the overlapping PHEP/HPP capabilities (Preparedness, Recovery, Emergency Operations, Fatality Management, Information Sharing, Medical Surge, Responder Safety and Health, Volunteer Coordination)
  2. Applicability to target audience
  3. Originality and contribution of presentation content to public health and healthcare preparedness 

Registration and Hotel Information

Registration is available on TRAIN Virginia at course id 1055964. Hotel information is available at  We will use this website to post the most up to date information (agenda, etc.) so please bookmark it to check back! 

Advanced Burn Life Support a Big Success!

Advanced Burn Life Support Class Well-Received

On March 13th, 2015, Carilion-New River Valley Medical Center hosted NSPA’s first of two Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Courses scheduled for the Region.  42 participants attended from over a dozen member organizations.  This American Burn Association (ABA) course was taught by a team of ABA-certified instructors, facilitated by the UNC School of Medicine-Burn Division.  The training was both lecture-based and hands-on and included topics on airway management, smoke inhalation injuries,  burn wound management, shock and fluid resuscitation, transfer and transport, chemical injuries, pediatric burn injuries, electrical injuries, and other related material.  A special thank you to Trauma Services with C-NRVMC for providing lunch for all participants in the course.

NSPA’s second Advanced Burn Life Support  (ABLS) class offering will be held at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital on June 5th.   The registration process will again, be structured to allow for member agencies to fill their designated number of slots first, prior to the course being open to other enrollment.  Full registration details will be announced soon.  Stay tuned!


March 19th Coalition Meeting

The March 19th NSPA coalition meeting will focus on patient tracking - what it is, why it's helpful, and how it works in VHASS.  This meeting will be in preparation for two upcoming table-top activities.  One will be an internal exercise at the April 2nd Regional Workshop and the other will be at the April 16th coalition meeting in conjunction with a table top exercise being held in Patrick County.

This meeting will include general patient tracking information as well as some scenario based examples.  It should be well worth your time!

BONUS: I have spoken with Kevin Rose from the San Mateo County Emergency Management Office.  They were in charge when Asiana Air Flight 241 crashed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport.  181 patients were transported by EMS from that scene and patient tracking was used.  Kevin has given me a lot of information and hopes to be available to call in to our meeting and share his story from that day.

Here is the call-in information for the meeting - if possible, utilize the WebEx online platform - you don't want to miss the slide presentation!

Meeting Date: March 19th
Meeting Time: 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Carilion Roanoke Rehab Auditorium, 2017 South Jefferson St, Roanoke
Meeting URL: (This link should take you direct to meeting)
Meeting Number: 737 973 207
Meeting Password: mtg031915

Roanoke Amateur Radio Club: General Class License Classes Offered


The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club will host a three-session class for students interested in obtaining the General Class amateur radio license.  The class will be held on three consecutive Saturdays: 3/28, 4/4, and 4/11 and will culminate with an examination session on 4/11.

Classes are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day.  Participants should bring a laptop (for taking practice test questions online), a calculator, paper, pencil and a sack lunch.  Classes are located at the Roanoke Red Cross.

There is a $10 fee for the class and a $15.00 ARRL examination fee.

Email for more details - or you can give Craig a call (540.494.2510) at NSPA and he'll get you connected with the great folks at the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club.

Register for Danville CBERS Session!

Attention pharmacists and pharmacy techs in the NSW region - especially in and around Danville:

The CBERS Session for Pharmacy Professionals originally scheduled for February had good registered attendance but was postponed due to snow.  The new date is March 25th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. but the current registration is low enough to cause VDH to cancel the program if registration does not improve.

Click the video to view a short message about how important this session is for all pharmacy professionals!

To register for this session, CLICK HERE.

Session details:

Date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Ave
Danville, VA 24540

2015 VDH Academy Announced

VDH has recently announced the 2015 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held on May 18th and 19th with a Field Epidemiology Seminar held on May 20th.

The event takes place at the Short Pump Hilton and registration is through TRAIN Virginia.  The course number for the academy is 1055964.  The Field Epidemiology Seminar is course number 1055966.

This link: VDH Academy Information contains the latest information about the academy.  Details are not final yet but this website should be updated as they become available.  Check back often for future updates.

Incident Response to Terrorism Bombing

Department of Homeland Security will be offering an IRTB class at the Christiansburg Rescue Squad on March 14th.  Information from the course coordinators is as follows:

Participants will be able to identify Commercial and military explosives, Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Readily available explosive formulations that terrorists have or could use.

The course will cover:

Course Introduction describes course background, purpose, content, manner of presentation and standards of behavior in the classroom, on the ranges and in the community.

Terrorism and Energetic Materials identifies potential terrorist bombing targets and describes pre-attack indicators and tactics and techniques likely to be used during attacks on those targets.

Introduction to Energetic Materials describes components, interactions and physical phenomena associated with explosive events.

Recognition of Energetic Materials, Devices and Device Components recognizes explosive and incendiary materials, devices and device components.

Responding to Pre-detonation Incidents specifies actions required to direct and participate in a safe and effective response to pre-detonation incidents.

Responding to Post-detonation Incidents specifies actions required to direct and participate in a safe and effective response to a post-detonation incident.

Responding to Special Situations describes how to adjust normal response policies, procedures and tactics during special situations to produce safe and effective operational responses.

Case Study covers recent Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents and lessons learned from the responding agencies.

NSPA is not involved in this course but wanted to make the information available to our audience.

For more details, contact

Register for Regional Workshop: A Look into the Future

The Eventbrite registration form is open for this year's Regional Workshop.

The workshop will be held on April 2nd at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center.

The theme of this year's event is "A Look into the Future".  The program for the day will focus largely on the future of our coalition and how the NSPA continues to be on the cutting edge of coalition work nationwide.

Click Here for the Eventbrite Registration: Register!

Click Here for a draft Agenda (subject to change): Agenda

We look forward to seeing you all there!