2-day Pediatric Disaster Planning Course - A new course, “Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness,” is available for local delivery at no cost for anyone who might be involved in planning for or addressing the needs of children in a disaster. Special emergency management issues will be addressed such as pediatric decontamination, triage and reunification with family. Although it is not a clinical class, the course does cover some clinical aspects strictly from a resource management/allocation perspective.
Developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), the course was formally certified by the US DHS/FEMA. Tentative class dates are being scheduled right now and will continue until the first allotment of no-cost classes is filled. There is also a waiting list for 2015 classes.
The course was developed as part of the DHS/FEMA-funded Homeland Security National Training Program, and it will be delivered to local jurisdictions at no cost. The only expense involved will be a host site and the time for someone to host/coordinate the program, as well as any travel/time incurred by participants to attend. All other instructional-related expenses, including travel costs for the instructional team, are covered by TEEX/NERRTC. The 16-hour class is conducted in two consecutive days at the host site and may include weekends if necessary. There is a minimum of 30 students per class to meet the cooperative agreement requirements.
The target audience includes hospital- and community-based emergency management personnel, first-receiver staff (particularly those who work in hospital emergency departments), jurisdictional emergency managers, and hospital planners. A secondary audience includes all other disciplines that may be involved in the medical response or hospital staff who may be called to any event that generates pediatric patients, such as community and federal disaster service agencies.
To schedule the course, or for more information, contact lead instructor John Rinard, Senior Training Specialist, at John.Rinard@teex.tamu.edu or 979-255-6993 or contact Juan Guerrero, Training Manager, at Juan.Guerrero@teex.tamu.edu or 979.862-1063.