Jan. 23, 2020

Reminder: Identify, Isolate and Inform!
It is important to continue to ask travel questions. The purpose of this notice is to remind health care providers about actions to take in Georgia when evaluating patients for possible serious communicable diseases!

Travel Clinical Assistant (TCA)
The Travel Clinical Assistant provides post-travel clinical information on travel-related diseases for 231 countries. Diseases with recent outbreaks occurring in the last two years are listed first.

Public Health Screening to Begin at 3 U.S. Airports for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”)
In response to an outbreak in China caused by a new coronavirus, screenings to detect ill travelers going through San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles airports began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security announced.

Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus – Click Here

Common Questions on Active Shooter Emergency Response Webinar
When it comes to an active shooter emergency, fast and accurate information saves lives. Active shooter/assailant incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, therefore you must mitigate uncertainty as much as you can from your response plan.

Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2 P.M.

Update on Surgical Gowns, Packs Impacted by Cardinal Health Recall
Cardinal Health customers may contact their sales representative to obtain lot numbers for surgical gowns and procedure packs affected by a quality issue at a contract manufacturing facility, the company has said.

Ohio Gives Houses of Worship Toolkit to Prep for Aggressors
The shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018 was the closest such incident in proximity to Ohio, but recognition that houses of worship all over have become soft targets prompted the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to develop a toolkit to help places of worship prepare for such a scenario.

See Something, Say Something, Georgia Hospital Staff Rescue Missing Teen
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the Medical Center is reminding people of the importance of the phrase ‘see something, say something.’s

Mark Your Calendars for EARTH EX IV/20 Coming Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

Recent geopolitical threats from foreign advisories and frequent extreme weather events can cause wide-spread disruptions to the nation’s power grid. The Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EIS Council) ask, can your organization continue to operate if the disruption lasts for months or longer?
First Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a Washington state man was diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from the Wuhan, China, region.


Human Trafficking Prevention Month – January 2020

Hurricane Response Hub – January 2020

ASPR TRACIE: The Express – January 2020

CDC Health Advisory – Jan. 8

MESH: World Health Organization global threat outlook for next decade – Jan. 17

MESH: U.S. screening for Coronavirus Jan. 21

MESH: Public-private cooperation for pandemic preparedness and response – Jan. 22

News and Notes – Jan. 17

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities


Central Georgia Region 5 EMS Pediatric Trauma Symposium
Jan. 24
8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Central Georgia Technical College, H-Building Auditorium
3300 Macon Tech Drive
Macon, Georgia


GHPCO 2020 Annual Conference
Feb. 19-21
UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center
1197 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA


EMAG Conference
April 15-17
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Registration Now Open!

Online Preparedness Tools – Tips & Tricks

Click HERE to go to the GHA911 homepage.

Click HERE to add your facility to WebEOC.

Click HERE if you do not have an Everbridge account and would like to sign up.

Accessing Tech Support

Lanetta Mathis is GHA’s Emergency Preparedness Communications Manager. Contact her at Lmathis@gha.org or 770-249-4532/ 229-591-8794.

Future Meetings

Mutual Aid Task Force (MATF) Meetings
December 12
Forsyth, GA

Click here to view all GHA meetings.


Don’t forget the Department of Public Health (DPH) offers answers to your Ebola questions.
State Epidemiologist
24-hour access to a State Epidemiologist: 1-866-PUB-HLTH.

GHA Flu Page
GHA’s flu page provides links to articles and information about the flu in Georgia.

GHA’s opioid pageprovides information and resources about opioids.

CDC Information
Visit www.cdc.gov to stay up-to-date on current information.

Disaster Mental Health
Visit Georgia’s Disaster Mental Health
Visit The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) to
access behavioral health services.

SAMHSA: Preventing Suicide
Visit the suicide prevention resource page.

**If you need to reach GHA for a Disaster/Emergency Preparedness related issue after hours, please contact Adrianne Feinberg(678) 427-2979 orLanetta Mathis, (229) 591-8794.The Disaster Readiness Line is circulated by Georgia’s Healthcare Coalitions to our emergency preparedness partners.

Georgia Hospital Association
1675 Terrell Mill Road
Marietta, GA 30067