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Robert Moser, M.D. appointed to Health Cabinet Position in Kansas

Dr. Robert Moser, founder and Chief Training Officer of Response Systems was made an offer he could not refuse; to head the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by newly installed Governor Sam Brownback. "Dr. Bob" will step down from his position at Response Systems to lead this vital position. Dr. Moser is already in Topeka serving as Interim Secretary awaiting Statehouse confirmation of his appointment.

Response Systems President to Speak at Hospital Disaster Symposium

Todd Grainger, President of Response Systems, will join several physicians and health officials in presenting disaster preparedness schemes at the MIAMI Florida 2011 National Symposium on "Hospital Disaster Planning, Preparations and Response: An All Hazards Approach" at Jackson Memorial Hospital February 17th. Mr. Grainger will speak to the Lessons Learned from the largest hospital evacuations in US during 2008 Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The conference website ( is now active for registration, contact information, faculty biosketch, directions and hotel information.

From FEMA: ICS Forms have been updated and are now available here:

New Study: Prepositioned Medical Countermeasures for the Public

[IOM] In response to a request from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the IOM will provide guidance on the use of prepositioned medical countermeasures, for example caches of medicines at the home, at the workplace, or available from local authorities.

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Hospital Preparedness Exercise Resources, AHRQ

Updated tools and additional resources to assist hospital preparedness exercise coordinators plan and develop exercises.

Sebelius Releases National Health Security Strategy

National Health Security Strategy – 2010-2014 priority plan for protecting public health including interim short term strategies for 2010.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a National Health Security Strategy this week, calling it the first U.S. comprehensive strategy for protecting public health during a large emergency. The strategy sets priorities for government and non-government activities during the next four years, with its interim implementation guide listing actions to be taken in the next nine months.

National EMS Organization Requests Inclusion in Preparedness Activities

Response Systems has worked with state EMS organizations to help develop position papers and Emergency Operations Plans, support exercises, design and conduct specialized training programs and provide administration of certifications and testing. We firmly support NAEMT’s desire to receive training, PPE and gain inclusion as a responding agency to all disaster notifications and communications.

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October 24, 2009

President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for H1N1 Flu

Section 1135 of the Social Security Act permits the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive certain regulatory requirements for healthcare facilities in response to emergencies.

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August 5, 2009

FEMA Announces Creation of Children's Working Group

WASHINGTON – While testifying before the Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery today, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate announced the creation of a “Children’s Working Group.”

The working group will allow FEMA and its partners to explore and implement planning and response strategies specific to children throughout the agency and ensure that during a disaster the unique needs of children are not only considered, but fully integrated into how FEMA administers this support to states and the public.

“It is time for special needs populations, whether children or any other segment of our communities who have traditionally been underserved, to be more fully and consistently integrated into preparedness and planning efforts at every level of government,” Administer Fugate said. “Children are a part of every community. We must understand and address their needs from the outset, recognizing that they are not simply small adults. That means not putting the considerations specific to children in a separate box, but incorporating them into our planning on the front end.”

The Children’s Working Group will be composed of FEMA employees across multiple directorates and offices to ensure coordination and action, and will report directly to the Office of the Administrator. The working group will be chaired by Tracy Wareing, counselor to Secretary Napolitano for FEMA.

Areas of focus of the Children’s Working Group will include:

  • Child-specific guidance as to evacuation, sheltering, and relocation;
  • Tracking and reunification of families;
  • Coordinated case management supports;
  • Enhanced preparedness for child care centers and schools as well as for children in child welfare and juvenile justice systems;
  • Enhanced national planning, including incorporation of children into national planning scenarios and exercises;
  • Incorporation of children’s needs into grant guidance;
  • Improved recovery coordination across the federal family and with state and local partners in support of children’s education, health and housing;
  • Consideration as to how the federal family can help ensure child care centers are able rebuild and restore services more quickly following a disaster, and;
  • Increased public awareness efforts to educate families and protect children during disasters.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

February 24, 2009

AHRQ Releases Recommendations for a National Emergency Evacuation System

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a new report today, Recommendations for a National Mass Patient and Evacuee Movement, Regulating, and Tracking System, which recommends developing a coordinated multi-jurisdictional evacuation system that builds on existing resources and procedures available at the state, local, and federal level.
To develop a national system to locate, track and regulate patients and evacuees leaving disaster areas, the report recommends collecting eight essential data elements to identify each patient or evacuee, their health status and location from existing data sources like hospitals. It also recommends collecting baseline inventory levels of key resources such as available hospital beds and ambulances or other medical transportation. Appendixes discuss issues related to implementation of a national system, including:

  • Legal issues such as HIPAA compliance
  • Existing tracking systems at the local, regional and federal level
  • Institutional record systems for hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, and other facilities
  • Existing systems that inventory and identify available resources

Existing AHRQ-funded tools that can support a national system described in this report include:

  • The National Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters (HAvBED), which can help identify available hospital beds.
  • The Mass Evacuation Transportation Planning Model, an online tool that estimates the number and type of medical transportation needed to evacuate patients.
  • The Hospital Surge Model, an online tool that estimates, based on user-selected scenarios, the hospital resources needed to treat victims of various disaster events.

The recommendations report was developed by AHRQ with critical input and leadership from the Department of Defense. The report and other AHRQ-funded Public Health Emergency Preparedness are available at:

February 20, 2009

Obama appoints New Administrator of HRSA

On February 20th, 2009, President Obama announced the appointment of one of the nation’s top rural health care professionals as Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Mary Wakefield, Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, will oversee this critical agency, which helps to deliver health care to those who are uninsured and underserved by our current health care system.