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Tuality Emergency Preparedness Committee Members Attend Homeland Security Training

April 30, 2012

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Last month, three members of Tuality Healthcare’s Emergency Preparedness Committee, Susan Foster, emergency preparedness manager; Phil Carscallen, security supervisor; and Jason Waibel, security officer, completed advanced emergency management training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala.

The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and offers more than 50 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist acct.

“We are pleased to be able to take advantage of this free training program offered by the CDP,” said Susan Foster. “The information we learned is critical to the work we do at Tuality and how we respond to emergencies.”

The team completed a four-day course called Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management, otherwise known as F.R.A.M.E training. Topics included standards and regulations, disaster preparedness planning, drills and exercises, financial issues, and much more.

Foster particularly liked that they were able to form relationships with responders from all over the U.S. and were able to share and learn from their experiences. “We came back all revved up!” she added.

“It’s our priority at Tuality to keep patients and the community as safe as possible,” said Phil Carcallen, security supervisor. “You never know when a disaster will strike so it’s important for everybody in the community to be prepared and have a 96-hour plan in place.”

Tuality regularly participates in county and region-wide emergency exercises, the most recent disaster drill taking place on April 24. In addition to ongoing training, they also have implemented a new Everbridge emergency notification system which is a tool that is capable of contacting all employees within minutes; saving time during a disaster.

The three would like to thank the Administration for their support of Emergency Preparedness at Tuality Healthcare and to encourage others to partake in this wonderful learning opportunity.