Disaster Preparedness & Response

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Welcome to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Module!  In this module you will learn about the basic functions of emergency/disaster operations in the United States.  You will learn about preparedness efforts such as the Incident Command Structure, Strategic National Stockpile, Medical Reserve Corps, Emergency Operation Centers, Emergency Operation Plans, and other basic functions of Public Health emergency preparedness and response. 

This module begins with an introductory presentation.  Learners will then progress through the material which has been organized into five sections.  Each section contains a 5-15 minute narrated PowerPoint presentation and one or two short supporting videos or additional links for further exploration.  Learners will also review three articles examining lessons learned, preparedness training and motivating individuals to prepare. 

At the end of the module, learners will complete a 15-question assessment to test emergency preparedness knowledge gained.  Through the information presented in this module, we hope that learners gain a better understanding of Public Health’s role in emergency preparedness and response efforts and the importance of these activities in rural settings.   This course is part of the Rural Health Training Series. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:

  • recognize Public Health’s role in emergency preparedness and response activities.
  • examine disaster preparedness tools & programs utilized in emergency preparedness planning and response.
  • identify key components of emergency operations planning.
  • discuss elements of emergency preparedness activities that most closely impact health care delivery including the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), Points of Dispensing (PODs), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and the Healthcare Resource Tracking System (HRTS).
  • distinguish key areas of concern for low-resource and rural areas regarding emergency preparedness and response.

Principal faculty and their credentials: Aimee Rowe, MPH and Mark Moody, MS
Medium or combination of media used:  Video
Method of physician participation in the learning process: N/A
Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 1.0 hours
Dates of original release and most recent review or update: August 24, 2022
Termination date: June 2, 2025

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Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this online activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Department of Continuing Education for Health Professionals(CEHP) holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest.  It is the policy of the CEHP that each presenter and planning committee member of any CME activity must disclose any financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with corporate organizations whose products or services are being discussed in a presentation. All commercial support of an educational activity must also be disclosed to the conference attendees.

This training modules was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $40,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Up to 2.00 (2.00CH) continuing nursing education hours have been approved for this session of the program. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

East Tennessee State University Continuing Medical Education adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest.  The OCME requires each presenter and planning committee member to disclose all financial affiliations with commercial interests.  

A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  The following individuals have provided disclosure of potential conflicts of interest as noted:

Aimee Rowe: Nothing to disclose
Mark Moody: Nothing to disclose