♥February 14, 2018♥

Articles Included in Today’s Disaster Readiness Line Newsletter:


Highland Rivers Health: Patients Seeking Mental Health Care in ERs Surges
Last month, CNN published an article about the alarming increase of individuals with behavioral health needs — mental health or substance use disorders — seeking care in U.S. emergency rooms.  Click here for more.

UNG Students Participate in Mock Bioterrorism Event
The fake scenario all started with 20 University of North Georgia students coming back from a study abroad trip.  Click here for more.

Dangerous Bacteria May Lurk in Hospital Sinks
Hospital germ detectives say the sinks next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor potentially dangerous bacteria.  Click here for more.

Opioid Addicts Are Overdosing on Diarrhea Drug
A popular anti-diarrheal drug is fast becoming another dangerous byproduct of the opioid crisis, as more addicts take huge quantities of it to ease withdrawal symptoms or get dangerously high.  Click here for more.

New! Webinar Recording Available: ASPR Healthcare and Public Health Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit

The RISC Toolkit was developed with the input of a team of healthcare partners and risk management subject matter experts and designed to help healthcare facility owners and operators identify risks in an easy-to-follow format using objective, national-level data.  Click here and here for more.

Medical Conference Prepares Rural Practitioners for Emergencies
Hospitals in rural communities across America are facing continual uncertainty.  Click here for more.

Confronting One of Healthcare’s Biggest Challenges: Cyber Risk
Online attackers are keen to steal healthcare data or hold it for ransom for a simple reason—the return on investment.  Click here for more.

Ready or Not: New TFAH Report Details States’ Emergency Preparedness
The report, Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, provides an annual snapshot of states’ public health and emergency response preparedness — and finds mixed results in this year’s picture.  Read the Report.



ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program – HPP Weekly Update February 11, 2019

ASPR TRACIE Express February, 2019


GHA911 Training Update –


Everbridge Training

This web based training is for dispatchers to become familiar with sending messages and for managers sending messages and managing their contacts.

February 20, 2019
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Register via Survey Monkey
Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22HJFBH


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

February, 2019

Georgia Hospice & Palliative Care 2019 Annual Conference
February 20 – February 22, 2019
UGA Hotel and Conference Center at The Georgia Center
Athens, GA
Click here for more information and to register.

March, 2019

NACCHO 2019 Preparedness Summit
The Threat Environment is Evolving; Are You Ready to Evolve With It?
March 26 – 29, 2019
St. Louis Convention Center
St. Louis, MO
Click here for more.

April, 2019         

AHA Annual Membership Meeting

April 7 – 10, 2019
Marriott Marquis
Washington, D.C.
View full meeting details and register here.

AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative Webinar
Best Practices for Screening and Assessing Patients for Trafficking
April 25, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
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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1675 Terrell Mill Road
Marietta, GA 30067