Dec 5, 2019

DPH Welcomes Lauren Johnson as the Healthcare Preparedness Planner

Lauren Johnson
Lauren Johnson joined the HPP team on Nov. 1, as the new healthcare preparedness planner. Lauren is from Snellville, Georgia and she has an MPH in disaster management from the University of Georgia (UGA). While attending UGA, Lauren was awarded an athletic scholarship in gymnastics. She also worked on projects such as athletic venue emergency planning and the implementation of the Yellow Dot and Stop the Bleed programs. Lauren is excited to start her career with GDPH and the HPP Team! Lauren can be reached at

Georgia represented at the Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

The Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference was recently held in Houston, Texas and Georgia was in attendance with a strong presence.

Health agency stresses importance of vaccinations in wake of Cobb measles confirmation
In light of an unvaccinated Cobb County resident contracting measles, Georgia Department of Public Health officials are underscoring the importance of vaccination.

Winter Awareness Week
This week, Dec. 2-6, 2019, is being recognized as Winter Weather Preparedness Week for the state of Georgia.

How Northeast Georgia Health System trains for security threats
FEMA has released the “Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit 2.0” and the “Incident Stabilization Guide,” which provide updated information and resources to better understand and implement Community Lifelines throughout the emergency management community.

Phoebe delivers Stop the Bleed kits to Doughtery police
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital continued its support of a partnership that provides public safety departments with lifesaving equipment and training by delivering Stop the Bleed kits to the Dougherty County Police Department.

Salad bars and water systems are easy targets for bioterrorists
In October 2019, a House Homeland Security Committee subcommittee held a hearing entitled “Defending the Homeland from Bioterrorism: Are We Prepared?” The answer was a resounding no.

California school shooting shines light on murky ‘ghost gun’ world
“Ghost guns,” like the one a 16-year-old boy used to kill two classmates and injure three others at a California high school are self-assembled, virtually untraceable – and completely legal.

Ransomware attack prevents 110 nursing homes from paying employees, ordering meds
More than 100 nursing homes across the country are having trouble paying employees and ordering necessary medications for residents due to a ransomware attack on an IT support company for long-term and post-acute providers.

CDC Clinical Call: Update Guidance for Using Intravenous Artesunate to Treat Severe Malaria in the United States
In the United States, about 2,000 cases of malaria are imported each year, 300 of which are severe. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about CDC’s updated guidance for using IV artesunate to treat patients with severe malaria in the United States and will receive an update on CDC’s artesunate program.

Date: Dec. 10
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
A few minutes before the webinar begins, please click here to join

How to survive this year’s flu season
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season often begins in October, peaks between December and February, and can last as late as May.

It Was Unmistakably A Direct Attack: 4 Ebola Workers Killed in Congo
At least four Ebola response workers are dead and six others injured after a pair of attacks overnight against health facilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Healthcare Challenges in Chemical Incidents
Recent incidents in the U.S. and abroad have highlighted the need to plan for accidents involving chemicals and emerging chemical threats (e.g., fourth generation agents).

U.S. Poison Centers Field More Calls About Psychoactive Substances
Exposure to natural substances with psychoactive effects — including marijuana, kratom, magic mushrooms and nutmeg — triggered more than 67,300 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers over nearly two decades.

When hackers have your healthcare IT department outgunned
Keeping on top of regulations is a burdensome task for any healthcare IT department, including HIPAA compliance, especially when cash-strapped or low in headcount.

Memorial Health institutes flu visitation guidelines
Memorial Health officials announced revised visitation guidelines in response to flu season to protect patients, family members, guests and team members.

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.


SERVGA Newsletter – November 2019

NACCHO Preparedness Brief – November 2019

FEMA Bulletin – Nov. 18

MESH: Active shooter training causing potential trauma – Nov. 22

News and Notes – Nov. 22

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights: Preparedness, Resilince and Response Edition – Nov. 22

MESH: E Coli outbreak – Nov. 26

News and Notes – Nov. 29

MESH: National handwashing week – Dec. 3

COCA Digest – Dec. 4

MESH: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) – Dec. 4

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities

Mental Health First Aid Class

If you are interested in attending one of these events, email  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. 19-20, 2020
UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center
1197 S. Lumpkin St,
Athens, GA


EMAG Conference
April 15-17, 2020
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Registration Information Coming Soon!

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
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 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