August 15, 2019

Legionnaires’ death from Atlanta hotel
One person has died of Legionnaires’ disease after staying at a prominent Atlanta hotel, officials said. Click here for more.

HHS ASPR – Reflecting on recent active shooter events
Every day, healthcare and public health sector members across the country perform heroic work for the American people.  The shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH were no exception. Resources such as the ASPR TRACIE Resource Guide on Mass Violence contain useful tip sheets on no-notice events and promising practices and lessons learned from previous responses to help stakeholders in the health community prepare.

FEMA issues planning considerations
FEMA has released Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place: Guidance for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Partners. The document draws upon the collective experience of those partners to provide relevant concepts, principals, and guidance as a resource for emergency managers and planners. Click here for more.

Truman Medical Centers hit with ransomware; patient information not impacted
Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri, was forced to pay to unlock parts of its system after it was hit with a ransomware attack. Click here for more.

Hospital Preparedness for unplanned information technology downtime events
This toolkit is designed to assist hospitals and other healthcare organizations with improving their readiness for unplanned information technology (IT) downtime events, which is essential in emergency preparedness. Click here for more.

Huge asteroid misses Earth but spotlights threat posed by space rocks
An asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower hurtled past Earth early on Saturday at a speed of 10,400 miles per hour, missing us by 4.6 million miles — not quite a close shave, but not so far in astronomical terms. Click here for more.

Preventing suicide among emergency first responders
A sobering report released in 2018 states that firefighters and law enforcement officers are more likely to die by suicide than from a line-of-duty death. It is important to note researchers believe first responder suicides are underreported by as much as 40 percent. Click here for more.

WEBINAR: Build resilience reduce risk in your communication plan
Recent disasters — from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to the Camp Fire in California — have proven that communications are the most critical and central infrastructure for emergency response and recovery. Click here for more.

WEBINAR: Cyber risk to the emergency services sector
The cyber risks to the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) are assessed through an evaluation of the threats, vulnerabilities and consequences based on a joint assessment from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Click here for more.

HRSA awards $400 million to combat opioid crisis
The Health Resources and Services Administration yesterday awarded 80 rural consortia $1 million each to help prevent, treat and support recovery for patients with opioid and other substance use disorders in underserved areas as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.  Click here for more.

UK experiences massive power failure impacting nearly 1-million
National Grid (the power system operator) has said it will “learn the lessons” after nearly one million people across England and Wales lost power on Friday (for about 40 minutes). Click here for more.

NC after Florence: New evacuation zones, shelter plans
The widespread, enduring flooding from Hurricane Florence last year exposed critical shortcomings in emergency preparedness across North Carolina, according to an analysis of post-storm reports by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer. Click here for more.

Reminder: Identify, Isolate and Inform!
The purpose of this notice is to remind healthcare providers about actions to take in Georgia when evaluating patients for possible EVD (or other serious communicable diseases!) Click here for more.

GHA911 document library gets a face-lift
Many of you may have already noticed changes with the document library in GHA911. Click here for more.


NACCHO: Healthy Community Highlights – August 2019

SERVing Georgia Newsletter – August 7, 2019

MESH  – Mumps – August 8, 2019

News and Notes – August 9, 2019

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights: Cybersecurity Edition – August 9, 2019.

MESH  – Tularemia – August 12, 2019

MESH – Measles Update – August 14, 2019

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities


Learn About Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisories from the FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT)
August 15, 2019 and 19, 2019
Click here for more.

Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Summer Mini-Conference
August 19-20, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah
605 West Oglethorpe Ave
Savannah Ga, 31401

The Health Professional’s Role in Identifying and Responding to Youth and Young Adults Who are Sex Trafficked
August 20, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Community Response to an International Crisis – A Seminar on Human Trafficking
August 23, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
650 North Academy Street
Greenville, SC 29601

DPH Media and Crisis Emergency Risk Communication Training
August 28, 2019
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA


Environment of Care, Emergency Management and Life Safety
October 23, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Georgia Hospital Association Education Center
1675 Terrell Mill Road
Marietta, GA

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 or 770-249-4532/ 229-591-8794.

Future Meetings

Mutual Aid Task Force (MATF) Meetings
September 13
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 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.

**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