June 20, 2019

Articles Included in Today’s Disaster Readiness Line Newsletter:

The Gulf Could See One of the Largest Dead Zones in History this Year
A “dead zone” is known in scientific literature as hypoxia, which means low oxygen.  Click here for more.


Kroger Berry Recall Details – Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
Kroger announced Friday that it is recalling frozen berry products due to possible hepatitis A contamination.  Click here for more.


HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center Threat Briefing on Vulnerability/Patch Management in the Health Care Enterprise
The HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center has released this report on vulnerability/patch management in the health care enterprise. Click here for more


School Nurses Receive Disaster Response Training
School nurses encounter crises daily, and as the frontline of health care for many students, they play a crucial leadership role in their schools. Click here for more.


Travelers Should get MMR Vaccine in Wake of “Record-Breaking” European Measles Outbreak
A report published Monday in the American Academy of Pediatrics medical journal recommends all U.S. citizens “receive all recommended vaccinations, including measles, before traveling abroad.” Click here for more.


June Mutual Aid Task Force Meeting
Last week’s Mutual Aid Task Force (MATF) meeting had 120 attendees and included some of the presentations highlighted below.

Miller Birdsong, Coalition Coordinator for Region G, showed off the new oxygen generator and trailer that is now stored at Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC).

Jennifer Davis, Coalition Coordinator, and Jenaila Hawkins, Coalition Facilitator for Region N, partnered with the Marietta Fire Chief to share their recent response to a gas leak that created an evacuation at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.Other presentations included Fairview Park Hospital’s response to a bus accident, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and how to navigate the new WebEOC event platform.

Pictures from the meeting can be found at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/K8ijSqUQneNAgMcx9


MESH Daily Situational Awareness Brief – June 19 Melioidosis Awareness – June 19, 2019

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights – Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights – June 2019

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights – Preparedness, Resilience, and Response Edition – June 13, 2019

GHA911 Training Update 


Everbridge Training Opportunity

Sign up for the web based Everbridge Training. This training is for dispatchers to become familiar with sending messages and for managers sending messages and managing their contacts. Please fill in the information below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Lanetta Mathis Lmathis@gha.org, 770-249-4532
The training is scheduled for June 17th from 11 am – 12 pm

Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCVNLPD

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.

WebEOC has officially transitioned to the new DPH WebEOC platform.  Additional training dates will be available soon.


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


Disaster Recovery and Emergency Mode Operations Under HIPPA
GHA Webinar
July 9, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
Please Note: This Program Fee is $195.00 per phone line, not per person. You and your team are welcome to conference in.


DPH Media and Crisis Emergency Risk Communication Training
August 28, 2019
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA
Click here for more.

Future Meetings

Mutual Aid Task Force Meetings

Next MATF Meeting
June 14, 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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