Bridging Community Partners through Drills and Exercises


Eileen Scanlon, RN, MS 
Public Health Nurse Supervisor 
Nassau County Department of Health

This program highlights the importance of partnering with community based organizations to protect vulnerable populations during disasters. The speaker describes a multi-agency coordinating group which was formed to enhance human and technological capacity to communicate and to better manage regional health and medical resources in an all-hazards emergency or disaster.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the need to collaborate with community partners in preparedness planning efforts 
  2. Develop strategies to engage community partners in emergency planning 
  3. Identify lessons learned through drills and exercises conducted in collaboration with community based organizations 
  4. Describe the value of a health and medical multi-agency coordinating group during emergencies
Public Health Preparedness Core Competencies

Domain I:
1.3 Facilitate collaboration with partners 
1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures 
1.6 Act within the scope of one’s legal authority 

Domain II: 
2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication 

Domain III: 
3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans 
3.3 Participate in improving organization’s capacities 

Domain IV: 
4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities

PHEP Capability 1: Community Preparedness 

PHEP Capability 7: Mass Care  

PHEP Capability 8: Medical Countermeasure Dispensing

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