Feb. 13, 2020

Region I and Piedmont Columbus Regional Announce New RCH and Coalition Coordinator
David Mahabir will be the new Region I Coalition Coordinator when he takes over the role of RCH (Regional Coordinating Hospital) at Piedmont Columbus Regional on Feb. 17. David replaces Terry Parish, who held this position for the past several years.

Rural EMS Training Grants
The Rural Emergency Medical Services Training and Equipment Assistance Program received $5 million in appropriation through the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Rural Emergency Medical Services Training grants. For additional tips on applying for a SAMHSA grant, click here.

Mark your Calendars: EARTH EX IV/20 is Coming!
Recent geopolitical threats from foreign advisories and frequent extreme weather events can cause widespread disruptions to the nation’s power grid.  Just imagine how this could affect your key supply chain and the effects it could have on our lifeline infrastructure.

For more information, email earthex@eiscouncil.org or contact  John Lile, Law Enforcement/Local Public Health Sector Coordinator, EIS Council, john.lile@eiscouncil.org

What nurses should know about the coronavirus
Even if you never see a single case, all nurses are in a great spot to help patients cope with the threat of coronavirus.

Compendium of CDC Guidance on 2019-NCOV
A recent CDC webinar talked about optimizing the use of respirators and N-95s.  Much of the guidance goes back to previous preparations we have done for pandemics, SARS and Ebola. Click the title for a list of references and documents that can be used as guidance in preparing for potential infectious threats.

Infectious Disease Courses Sponsored by DPH Emergency Preparedness
During the next four months, there will be several Infectious Diseases courses offered for public safety personnel. These courses are open to all EMS and Fire personnel.

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.


The HSIN Advocate – February 2020

Hospital Preparedness Program: HPP Weekly Update – Feb. 10

MESH: Influenza Updates – Feb. 11

MESH: Novel Coronavirus Update – Feb. 12

MESH: CMS Infection Control Compliance – Feb. 13

News and Notes – Feb. 7

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities


Mental Health First Aid Class
If you are interested in attending one of these events, email Mentalhealthfirstaid@allianthealth.org  to reserve your spot. Please be sure to specify your desired training date. These classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.  (Lunch will be on your own unless otherwise noted.) Click title for dates.

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!

Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness
April 21-22
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Henry County EOC
526 Industrial Blvd
McDonough, 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 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