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Innovative Solutions for Collin County Bioterrorism Preparedness. Karen Kaighan, RN Collin County Bioterrorism Coordinator July 29, 2003. Presentation Outline. Department of Homeland Security Key Homeland Security Planners Satellite Systems RedBat Redundant Communication Systems

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Innovative Solutions for Collin County Bioterrorism Preparedness

Karen Kaighan, RN

Collin County Bioterrorism Coordinator

July 29, 2003


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Presentation Outline

  • Department of Homeland Security

  • Key Homeland Security Planners

  • Satellite Systems

  • RedBat

  • Redundant Communication Systems

  • Regional Media Campaign

  • Cross County Cooperation


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  • Fire

  • Security

  • Public Health

  • Emergency Management

Department of Homeland Security

  • Formation of a new county department.

  • Directs & coordinates responses to disasters, emergencies, and terrorist activities.

  • Cross-disciplined planning team results in an integrative, forward-thinking approach to protecting the county.


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Key SNS Planning Committee

  • Kelley Stone – Director of Homeland Security

  • Karen Kaighan, RN – Bioterrorism Coordinator

  • Janet Glowicz, RN – Nurse Epidemiologist

  • Dr. Muriel Marshall, DO, DrPH – County Physician

  • Dr. William Rohr, MD – Medical Examiner

  • Steve Deffibaugh – Fire Marshal

  • Leigh Hornsby – Public Information Officer

  • Steve Wasserman – IT Specialist

  • Candy Blair – Public Health Administrator

  • Patsy Morris – Public Health Coordinator


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Satellite Systems

  • Satellite Downlink Systems geographically installed:

    • County Health Department

    • County EOC

    • Sheriff Office (central)

    • City of Plano (south)

    • City of Frisco (west)

    • City of Wylie (east)

  • Provides access to training programs broadcasted by CDC and other teaching facilities.

  • Information access for first responders, key stakeholders, and the community.


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RedBat TM

  • Syndromic surveillance software equipment:

    • Identifies uncommon clusters of symptoms

    • Identifies potential bioterrorist events and infectious disease outbreaks

    • Geographic Mapping Module

  • Purchased and installing the system in county health department and 5 area hospitals.


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EOC Communication Channels: Redundant Communication Systems

  • Communication Channels

    • Primary

      • Telephone (Cellular Phones)

    • Secondary

      • 800 Trunk Radio System

      • Satellite Phones (Key Personnel)

      • Nextel Radio System (14 Key Personnel)

      • Pagers

      • Fax

      • Email

      • HAM Radio Operators

  • Information Channels

    • Health Alert Network

    • CrimeWeb

    • Reverse 911 System


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Regional Media Campaign

  • New County PIO Position

    • Public Health Threats

    • Bioterrorism Preparedness

    • Media Outreach

  • Emergency Communication Annex Drafted

  • Regional “One Voice” Committee Member

    • NCTCOG

    • Regional Counties

    • TDH Region 2/3

  • Communication Brochure


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Cross County Cooperation

  • Cross county meetings:

    • Regional strategic planning

    • Sharing templates

    • Regional communication systems

    • Grant Opportunities

  • Training opportunities

    • NTX Poison Control


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QUESTIONS/COMMENTS


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