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Distance Learning: Emergency Preparedness Prior to The Pandemic: Communicating With The Community and Partners


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Date: February 11, 2009

Presenters: Bernard (Bernie) Hicks, CEM, Army Major (Ret)
Hicks Group LLC and DeKalb County Board of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness

Sponsor: SPCC Atlanta AHEC

Session Description:
Accordingto to WHO (World Health Organization), contingency planning for an event that will occur at an undetermined time in the future is difficult, particularly in the face of limited resources and other urgent problems and priorities. However, there are ways one can invest in emergency preparedness and influenza pandemic and be successful. During this presentation the participant will learn how to prepare for an emergency.

Mr. Hicks will provide participants with basic principles of Emergency Preparedness; a brief description of the National Incident Management System (NIMS); identify the responsibilities for planning for Public Health Emergencies and how it relates to current Pandemic Influenza Planning within Public Health. Emergency Disasters and Influenza Pandemics will occur and after this presentation you will be prepared. 

Session Objectives:

  1. Identify the four principles of Emergency Preparedness
  2. Relate to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  3. Describe the current Influenza Pandemic Planning within Public Health
  4. Assess the Importance of Partnership in the Community
  5. Categorize the Importance of Volunteerism

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at

Continuing Education:
Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

The Morehouse School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by MSM for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.