Track 4: Enhancing Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Management Systems
Part A: Challenges in using CHEMPACK Resources in a Rural Public Health Department
Session Description: Planning for exposure to a nerve agent in a rural community isn’t usually on the forefront of most rural public health departments, but many chemicals used in rural operations, including farming, cause the same concerns as nerve agents. Understanding how CHEMPACK supplies can support response for rural incidents is the objective of this session. Those who attend will learn how one rural health department trained partners to the protocols for activation and planned for CHEMPACK deployment to rural areas, alleviated safety concerns for responders, and trained to protocols needed when assisting in a rural community incident. In this session the participants will understand benefits of CHEMPACK activation and participate in a table-top exercise demonstrating CHEMPACK response protocols in a rural public health area. Available to those who attend will be example protocols for CHEMPACK deployment, documents to support CHEMPACK and actively participate in the table-top exercise to obtain knowledge for training and exercise use in their own rural health department. Objectives:1- Become familiar with CHEMPACK resources, 2-Gain knowledge of how CHEPACK stockpile can be used in a rural community, 3-Recognize when CHEMPACK supplies should be deployed, 4-Learn activation protocols for CHEMPACK deployment, 5- Understand the benefits of conducting table-top exercises for rural emergency response partners. 5-Obtain resources necessary to have a successful CHEMPACK training, exercise, activation and deployment in a rural community.
Part B: San Francisco International Airport CHEMPACK Exercise
Session Description: The San Francisco International Airport hosted an exercise testing the response to a man-made terrorist incident arriving on an international flight. One of the main goals of the exercise was to test response capabilities to a mass casualty incident utilizing existing medical countermeasures. The planning team worked in coordination with local fire, health, police, public health, FBI, US customs, and the military. Additionally, the exercise sparked international interest and as such, turned into an international exercise with participants located overseas.
Besides testing incident gathering and situational awareness, the planning team also made it a point to conduct gross decontamination for 100 passengers within 30 minutes of aircraft arrival. Additionally, technical decontamination was performed for all emergency responders throughout the duration of the incident.
San Mateo County Health was involved because it is a CBRNE incident. As such, the CHEMPACK deployment was tested while giving consideration to safety and security precautions.
Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.