Oct. 17, 2019

‘Baby Stormy’ celebrates first birthday
“Baby Stormy” celebrates her first birthday. Stormy was born at just 27 weeks, during Hurricane Michael, one year ago in Early County.

Oct. 17 is the Great Shakeout. The Great Shakeout is an international drill for earthquakes that is pushed out and encouraged by several preparedness and academic organizations and agencies.

Update: Interim guidance for health care providers evaluating and caring for patients with e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury
CDC will review updates to prior interim recommendations for U.S. health care providers caring for patients with suspected or known lung injury published in MMWR on Oct. 11.

Piedmont hospitals replace color-based emergency codes with plain language alerts
Patients and visitors at any of Piedmont Healthcare’s hospitals will now hear plain language emergency announcements instead of codes with corresponding colors.

The call is Thursday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.

DPH Identifies Second Vaping-Related Death
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified the state’s second death from a vaping-associated illness.

Healthcare team credits CDP training for successful B-17 crash response
A hospital in Hartford, Connecticut has publicly credited FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness for ensuring it was prepared to respond Thursday to the crash of a vintage B-17 bomber at nearby Bradley International Airport.

Hepatitis A outbreak threatens Georgia, beaten back so far
As Hepatitis A ravages many states and has been declared a pubic health emergency, it seems to be decreasing in Georgia. Health workers targeted at-risk populations and strongly encouraged vaccination.

Stephens County responders train for the unthinkable
Emergency personnel in Stephens County practiced their response to a disaster last week, saying they hope they never face a similar situation.

FDA approves marketing of rapid diagnostic test for detecting Ebola antigens
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of a rapid diagnostic test to detect Ebola virus antigens in human blood from certain living individuals as well as samples from those recently deceased who are suspected to have died from Ebola.

Possible links to vaping and flu, experts say get your shots
South Georgia Medical experts are saying there is a possible connection between vaping related illnesses and the flu.

El Paso hospital shares importance of training, preparedness in response to mass shooting
The University Medical Center of El Paso treated 15 victims after a shooting at a nearby store in August and the staff credits training for their quick and calm approach to the emergency.

HHS issues opioid tapering guidance for clinicians
The Department of Health and Human Services released a guide to help clinicians who are contemplating or initiating a reduction in opioid dosage or discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.

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.


COCA Digest: Emergency Preparedness and Response – October 2019

MESH: Fire Prevention Week – Oct. 9

News and Notes – Oct. 11

MESH: Indiana Health Officials Report 1st Human Case of EEE Virus in 2019 – Oct. 15

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.


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

Preventing the spread of novel or targeted multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO’S) in nursing homes through enhanced barrier precautions
Oct. 24
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Virginia Ebola Virus & Emerging Infectious Disease Summit
Oct. 28
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa Sport Pump
Richmond, VA


PTSD and the Veteran Patient: Cutting-Edge Interventions for Those Who Served
Nov. 1
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Vistas Healthcare
2000 Riveredge Pkwy NW
Suite GL 100
Atlanta, GA

AHEPP Conference
Nov. 4-6
Orlando, FL

IAEM Annual Conference
Nov. 15-20
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Savannah, GA


National Healthcare Coalition Conference
Dec. 2-5
Houston, TX


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 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