CITY-HOSPITAL PARTNERS ENHANCE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SKILLS
Five City of Kirkland employees joined Evergreen Hospital Medical Center staff, at the hospital’s invitation, in attending a four day disaster preparedness training program held at the unique Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. All expenses for hospital and City staff were paid for with Homeland Security funding.
The CDP is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the U.S. Its training is conducted for 10 response disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.
This training-in-residence includes healthcare and Public Health related training at CDP’s Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
The City of Kirkland and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center recognize the importance of working effectively together during disasters, whether to clear roads for access to the hospital during winter storms or to coordinate response and recovery activities following a major earthquake.
By training together, the City and Hospital strengthen their working relationships. This was evidenced, following the training, when the City included Evergreen Hospital’s Emergency Preparedness Program Manager in the City’s monthly Emergency Management Action Team (EMAT) meetings and the Hospital included the City’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in certain planning projects at the Hospital. These actions will improve both agencies’ abilities to respond quickly and effectively to citizens during and following local disasters. Local citizens are more protected as a result of the training and partnership.
CDP training is conducted throughout the year. The City of Kirkland sent four staff members to the training in May and another staff person in June. Since January, the Hospital has trained 40 staff.
Representing the City at the training were the following:
- Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Manager, Helen Ahrens-Byington
- Deputy Fire Chief for Operations, Jack Henderson
- Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Stephanie Day
- Police Captain, Bill Hamilton
- Police Captain, Mike Ursino