April 18, 2019

Articles Included in Today’s Disaster Readiness Line Newsletter:

DPH News Release – E. coli Illness in Georgia Linked to Multistate Outbreak
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 17 cases of E. coli O103 infection in Georgia. Click here for the DPH News Release.

FDA Requires Opioid Labeling Changes to Help Providers Safely Taper Dosing
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced changes to the prescribing information included in outpatient opioid pain medication labels to provide expanded guidance to health care professionals on how to safely decrease or discontinue these medications in patients who are physically dependent on them.

April 25 Webinar on Best Practices for Screening Patients for Signs of Trafficking
The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative April 25 at 2 p.m. ET will host a webinar providing resources and best practice techniques for health care professionals to screen and/or assess for signs of labor and/or sex trafficking. View more information and register.

Mysterious Safety-Tampering Malware Infects a Second Critical Infrastructure Site
Sixteen months ago, researchers reported an unsettling escalation in hacks targeting power plants, gas refineries, and other types of critical infrastructure.  Click here for more.

Responding to a Suicide Bomber Incident
As has been proven literally hundreds of times in Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere, the detonation of an explosive device by a suicide bomber can occur, without warning, anywhere in the world – including the United States.  Click here for more.

The Value of a Rapid Anthrax Triage Tool with Minimal Need for Diagnostic Testing
A new triage tool to identify those who have signs and symptoms consistent with anthrax is described in an online-first article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Click here for more.

Patient Shoots South Carolina Hospital Employee
An employee of the Regional Medical Center-Orangeburg (S.C.) is in critical condition after a patient opened fire in the hospital’s emergency department the morning of April 10, according to local news station WCSCFull story.

Shifting the Paradigm – Applying Universal Standards of Care to Ebola Virus Disease
As the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease rages in this resource-limited, war-torn region, advances in the delivery of supportive care and the introduction of investigational therapies provide a glimmer of hope amid the mounting infections.  Go to article.

Addressing the Top Ten Security Issues Organizations Face
Cybersecurity must be a top-level priority for any organization and for many it is. Click here for more.

CDC Says Nearly 600 Cases of Deadly Drug-Resistant Fungus Reported
The CDC has confirmed 587 cases of a deadly multidrug-resistant fungus, Candida Auris, in 12 states over the past few years, most of them in Chicago, New Jersey and the New York City area.  Go to article.

FDA Alerts Providers to Temporary Shortage of Breathing Tube
The Food and Drug Administration Friday alerted hospitals and others to a temporary shortage of a tracheostomy tube used to help adult and pediatric patients breathe in health care facilities and at home.


SERVing Georgia – Spring, 2019

MESH Daily Situational Awareness Brief – April 12 Candida Auris – April 12, 2019 

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights – Preparedness, Resilience, and Response Edition – April 11, 2019

Health Security and Preparedness Update Newsletter – April 10, 2019

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights – Healthcare Supply Chain Edition – April, 2019

GHA911 Training Update 


Online Preparedness Tools – Tips & Tricks

Accessing Tech Support During the Transition

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


If you would like to access the Everbridge User Guide and you have an account, log in and select the Help and Support link in the top right hand corner of the page.




The GHA911 help library (Public Folder–>Help Library) is an excellent resource with illustrated instruction sheets for almost all site functions.

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities

April, 2019               

AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative Webinar
Best Practices for Screening and Assessing Patients for Trafficking
April 25, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
View more information and register.

May, 2019             

NETEC Emerging Infectious Disease Course
Free One-Day Provider Skills Course
May 15, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Click here for more information and to register.

10th Annual EMS for Children Conference
May 22, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Augusta University Campus, Education Commons Conference & Simulation Center
View more information and register.

Future Meetings

Mutual Aid Task Force Meetings

Next MATF Meeting
March 22, 2019

For future MATF
meeting dates,
visit here

Click here to see all
Meetings held at GHA.

Ebola Resources

Don’t forget that the Department of Public Health offers answers to your Ebola questions.

24 hour access to a State Epidemiologist: 
DPH web page on Ebola

GHA’s Flu Page

GHA’s “Flu Page” provides links to articles and information regarding Georgia’s flu situation at: https://www.gha.org/Flu

Opioid Resource Pages
on the GHA website

CDC Information

For updated CDC information, visit their website at www.cdc.gov.

**If you need to reach GHA for a Disaster/Emergency Preparedness related issue after hours, please contact Adrianne Feinberg(678) 427-2979 or Lanetta Mathis, (229) 591-8794.

The Disaster Readiness Line is circulated by Georgia’s Healthcare Coalitions to our emergency preparedness partners.

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