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Regional Emergency Coordinators COA Category Day 21 June 2012. CAPT Jim Imholte, RP MPH Supervisory REC, Region VII HHS/ASPR/OPEO. Objectives. History of REC Program Structure of ASPR REC Backgrounds REC Response Roles REC “Peace Time” Roles. Regional ESF #8 Standard Federal Regions.

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Capt jim imholte rp mph supervisory rec region vii hhs aspr opeo

Regional Emergency Coordinators

COA Category Day

21 June 2012

CAPT Jim Imholte, RP MPH

Supervisory REC, Region VII

HHS/ASPR/OPEO


Objectives

Objectives

  • History of REC Program

  • Structure of ASPR

  • REC Backgrounds

  • REC Response Roles

  • REC “Peace Time” Roles


Capt jim imholte rp mph supervisory rec region vii hhs aspr opeo

Regional ESF #8

Standard Federal Regions


Rec history

REC History

  • 1980’s – Office of Emergency Preparedness

  • 2003 – Transferred to DHS/FEMA as NDMS

  • 2005 – Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

  • 2007 - ASPR created, NDMS reunited in HHS


Aspr organization

ASPR Organization

  • Mission - Lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.

  • Vision - “A Nation Prepared” to prevent, respond to, and reduce the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.


Office of preparedness and emergency operations opeo

Office of Preparedness andEmergency Operations (OPEO)


Esf 8 response coordination and control

ESF#8 ResponseCoordination and Control

  • Emergency Management Group (EMG)

    • Operates from the SOC or virtually

    • Includes Operations, Plans, Logistics, Admin & Finance

    • Federal and Interagency partner LNOs

  • Disaster Leadership Group (DLG)

    • Provides executive decision support to the Secretary


Emergency management group emg

Emergency Management Group (EMG)

  • Headquarters personnel who manage day-to-day and initiate emergency response requirements

  • Provides a link between deployed resources and HHS leadership

  • Liaisons from HHS Operating Divisions and ESF #8 Primary Partners

  • Resources requests for ESF#8 Assistance (RFAs) and Mission Assignments (MAs)

  • Aligned with ICS Sections to facilitate interoperability


Rec backgrounds

REC Backgrounds

  • 33 in 10 Regions and NCR (1 open position)

  • 17 Commissioned Officers – 16 Civil Servants

  • Varied Backgrounds

    • Nurses – 8

    • Environmental Health Officers – 6

    • Administration – 2

    • Psychologist – 1

    • Engineers – 3

    • Physician Assistants – 3

    • State HD/NGO – 5

    • EMS – 3

    • Pharmacists – 2

  • Retired Military – 6, Includes 2 PHS Officers


Capt jim imholte rp mph supervisory rec region vii hhs aspr opeo

Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs)

  • ASPR’s representatives at the regional level and in the field.

  • Coordinate preparedness and response activities with federal, state, local, private sector and tribal officials within their region.

  • Serve as liaison between state and local health officials and ASPR headquarters in Washington DC during emergency preparedness and response.

  • Assume the role of Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) commander during public health emergencies.

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Regional emergency coordinators

Regional Emergency Coordinators

  • Coordinate with departmental, interagency, state, local and Tribal counterparts

    • Co-located with/near FEMA regional coordinators

    • Identify capabilities, gaps, capacity and community resiliency thru deliberate planning at the state and regional levels

    • Recommend courses of action to take during an incident

      • Identify potential requirements for federal support

      • Assist in matching requirements with federal capabilities


Capt jim imholte rp mph supervisory rec region vii hhs aspr opeo

Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs)

  • Response activities include:

  • Serving as the National Response Framework ESF #8 (Public Health and Medical Services) coordinator and Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) commander in the affected region during an emergency.

  • Holding operational responsibility for deployed federal public health and medical assets.

  • Deploying from home region to support the RECs in the affected region in roles such as the ESF #8 planning or operations chief, or in a key liaison capacity at a state EOC.

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Esf 8 coordination and control in the field

ESF#8 Coordination and Control in the Field

  • Federal Public Health and Medical Official – JFO/UCG

  • ESF #8 Unit Leader – JFO Operations Section

  • Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) – forward

    deployed at/near operational site


Incident response coordination team irct

Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT)

  • Forward deployed coordination & control element at the incident/operations site

  • Directs and coordinates activities of all HHS / ESF #8 personnel deployed to the incident/operations site

  • IRCT Liaisons (as needed)

    • Liaisons dependent on situation

    • Typically sent to state Emergency Operations Centers and Health Departments

    • We bring in: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), American Red Cross (ARC), CDC, FDA


Regional response to ph emergencies

Regional Response to PH Emergencies

  • It’s about building networks and being able to leverage those networks to achieve favorable public health outcomes

  • Proximity and availability of resources is key


The regional offices

The Regional Offices

  • The RegionalOffices are critical to the effective management of a public health emergency:

    • They know the people

    • They control the local federal resources

    • They know the turf


Regional strengths

Regional Strengths

  • Established networks that extend into every aspect of public health

  • Ability to coordinate regional OPDIV resources

    • Regional OPDIVs further extendHHS’sreach into State governments and communities

    • OPDIVs have developed valuable relationships that are much different then those developed by RHA, REC or RD

    • Regional Advisory Committee provides the structure to tap into this regional capacity

  • Established trust with constituents


Regional strengths1

Regional Strengths

  • Established working relationship with elected officials

  • Long standing relationships with non-elected public health officials

  • Able to establish working relationship with regional media

  • Provides forum to discuss and coordinate interstate mutual assistance during disasters


Regional networks

Regional Networks

Local Health Officials

State Health Officers

Tribes

Community Volunteer Based Organizations

Faith Based Organizations

RHA

Universities

Private Industry

FEMA

DHS

Local Elected Officials

VA

Regional

Leadership

Network

Congress

State EMA

Governor’s Offices

DoD

REC

RD

ESF #8 Response Assets

Reg OPDIVS

Public Affairs

Public Health Preparedness

Directors

Other Federal Agencies

Regional OPDIV Partners: ACF, FDA, CMS, HRSA, FOH,

OGC, OCR, IHS, AoA, SAMHSA


Capt jim imholte rp mph supervisory rec region vii hhs aspr opeo

Local Health Officials

State Health Officers

Tribes

Community Volunteer Based Organizations

Faith Based Organizations

RHA

Universities

Private Industry

FEMA

DHS

Local Elected Officials

VA

Regional

Leadership

Network

Congress

State EMA

Governor’s Offices

DoD

REC

RD

ESF #8 Response Assets

Other Federal Agencies

Public Affairs

Public Health Preparedness

Directors

Overlapping Spheres of Influence


Spheres of influence

Spheres of Influence

Regional Advisory

Committee

Public Health

Emergency Preparedness

and Operations

Intergovernmental Affairs

Regional OPDIVS

Public Health Infrastructure

and Programs

RAC is located where the spheres of influence converge


Response cycle

Response Cycle


Peace time cycle

“Peace Time” Cycle


Questions

Questions

CAPT Jim Imholte, RP MPH

Supervisory REC, Region VII

601 East 12th St., Room S1801

Kansas City, MO 64106

816-426-3490

816-985-5589 cell

[email protected]


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