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New Jersey Preparedness Training Consortium. Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals SPH 13 th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers Preparing for Bioterrorism and Other Health Threats August 11, 2006 Patricia L. Fleming, PhD, MS Professor, NJ Medical School &

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new jersey preparedness training consortium

New Jersey Preparedness Training Consortium

Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals

SPH 13th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers

Preparing for Bioterrorism and Other Health Threats

August 11, 2006

Patricia L. Fleming, PhD, MS

Professor, NJ Medical School &

School of Public Health, UMDNJ

  • Describe components of NJ’s system for recognizing and responding to health threats
  • Identify NJ’s hazards and vulnerabilities
  • Identify steps to preparedness
    • Personal
    • Workplace/School
    • Other
the health emergency preparedness and response triad

Public Health


Mitigate Prepare Respond Recover





Healthcare Delivery


The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Triad
emergency management
Emergency Management
  • New NJ Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • State of emergency
  • Local police, fire, rescue
  • Incident Command System in disasters
unified command

Unified Command

(Representatives From Local Jurisdictions)

Finance/ Administration




Unified Command
eoc organization

EOC Manager

Resource Management

Information Management



EOC Organization
key public health components
Key Public Health Components
  • New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Laboratory response network
  • Local health departments
  • Local Information Network & Communications System (LINCS)
nj local information network communications system lincs
NJ Local Information Network & Communications System: LINCS
  • 22 local (county/city) public health agencies
  • Secure, encrypted web portal access and email messaging
      • Health Alert Network (HAN)
  • Role of LINCS
      • Staff: epi, nurse, planner, coordinator
      • NJDHSS networks to > 30,000 local personnel
      • Communications hub
      • Coordinate/Activate with local health depts., emergency management, law enforcement, first responders, hospitals, etc.
public health activities
Public Health Activities
  • Detection - Health surveillance by clinical providers and laboratories
    • Notify Public Health (Local HD/NJDHSS)
  • Rapid Laboratory Diagnosis
    • Laboratory response network (LRN)
  • Epidemiologic Investigation
    • Public health workers identify exposure risks
  • Implementation of Control Measures
  • Pharmaceutical Stockpile
  • Medical Reserve Corps
healthcare delivery system
Healthcare Delivery System
  • >250,000 health professionals in NJ
  • Hospitals
  • Regional Medical Coordination Centers
  • Professional organizations
  • NJHA, VA, others
  • FQHCs


State EOC

Support NJDHSS

(NJHA, Associations,VA, others)

New Jersey

Health Emergency

Response Network






Regional Medical Coordination Center




State Regional Team





Other Health Organizations

strategic national stockpile strategic state stockpile
Strategic National Stockpile & Strategic State Stockpile


  • Determine NJ’s need for pharmaceutical and medical supplies in case of CBRNE event


  • Planning for mass medication and/or mass vaccination acquisition and distribution
  • Preparing to meet needs of pediatric and geriatric communities
  • State owned caches are stored strategically in NJ for deployment prior to the receipt of federal assets
  • Request federal assistance if need exceeds capacity

State Requests Federal Assistance

Need for Drugs and Medical Supplies Exceeds Local & State Resources

Augments Local/State Medical

Materiel Resources

CDC Director Deploys SNS Assets



How SNS Assets are Deployed

In Consultation with the Surgeon General, Secretary HHS, HHS Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), FEMA and the FBI


Oral Antibiotics

Nerve Agent Antidotes

IV Supplies

Airway supplies

Med/Surg Supplies (Clear)

rss site
RSS Site

22 Local Agencies

(LINCS Agency Health Departments )





n j a c 8 57
N.J.A.C. 8:57
  • New Jersey Administrative Code Title 8, Chapter 57
  • Purpose: to expedite reporting of certain diseases or outbreaks of disease for appropriate public health action
communicable diseases infectious diseases bioterrorism agents
Communicable Diseases(infectious diseases, bioterrorism agents)
  • Reporting of listed diseases is required by NJ state law and vital to protecting public health
      • See list of reportable diseases in handouts
  • Contact local/county health department
  • Emergency notification to the state health department:
      • 1-609-588-7500
      • 1-609-392-2020 (after hours)
  • Visit
chemical exposure poisons nerve agents vesicants bio toxins hazardous chemicals
Chemical Exposure(Poisons, Nerve Agents, Vesicants, Bio-toxins, Hazardous Chemicals)
  • Contact your City/county LINCS
  • NJ Poison Information & Education System
      • 24/7 hotline
      • Emergency treatment advice about exposure to poisons, medications, etc.
      • 1-800-222-1222
  • NJ Department of Environmental Protection
      • 24/7 hotline
      • Report environmental incidents, hazardous chemical exposures
      • 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337)
  • NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJ State Police)
      • Coordinates all disaster mitigation and response statewide
      • Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Planning Unit
      • 1-609-882-2000
Radiation/Nuclear Exposure(dirty bomb, nuclear facility accident, sabotage, radioactive materials, nuclear weapons)
  • Medical Consultation:
      • Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)
          • 1-865-576-1005
  • Notification:
      • City/County LINCS
      • Local law enforcement
      • NJ Office of Emergency Management
          • (Radiological Emergency Response Planning and Technical Unit)
          • 1-609-882-2000
important phone numbers
Important phone numbers:
  • Your city/county LINCS contact (see handout)
  • NJ Dept. of Health & Sr. Services
      • 1-609-588-7500 or -3121
      • 1-609-392-2020 (after hours)
  • NJ Poison Information and Education System
      • 1-800-222-1222
  • NJ Office of Emergency Management
      • 1- 609-882-2000
  • NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
      • 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337)
hazard vulnerability assessment
Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
  • Previously “all hazards”
  • Post-Katrina, shift to state/local HVA, state/local responsibility to focus resources on priority hazards
  • Federal lead limited to “societal transforming events”
  • What are NJ’s hazards and vulnerabilities?
why should teachers and students be prepared
Why should teachers and students be prepared?
  • Natural events: risk of emerging/re-emerging/unusual infections
      • SARS, West Nile, HIV and TB, monkeypox, pandemic flu
  • Natural catastrophic weather-related and geophysical events
      • Flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes
  • Global political instability: risk of bio, chem, rad/nuclear terrorism
      • Anthrax, Sarin gas
  • “Conventional” terrorism climate of mass casualties from explosions/incendiary events
      • WTC, OK City
  • Failures of technology
      • Bhopal, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, flu vaccine shortage
ready together hand out
Ready Together (hand out)
  • Personal preparedness
    • Teachers
    • Students
  • School emergency plan
    • Shelter-in-place
    • Evacuate
  • Car
what can you do in your classroom
What can you do in your classroom?
  • Have your own preparedness plan in place, reassure students that if disaster strikes while at school, you will be ready to respond
  • Know your workplace emergency plan, chain of command, and your role and responsibilities
  • Stimulate students to discuss their family preparedness plans at home, report back, identify gaps
  • Familiarize students with the school’s emergency plan
  • Assign students topics for research, report back, critique

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