Brehm and her team supported a Mass Casualty Incident Full-Scale Exercise for Suffolk County, VA. The HSEEP-compliant exercise included real-time activation and response by over 150 local safety and health and emergency responders, providing them with an opportunity to activate their mass casualty protocols and procedures. A number of volunteers from the Pruden Center and students from area schools who are in health services and emergency response academia, provided realism by agreeing to be made up and act as the victims to provide more realism for the responders. The exercise was an extremely positive event that brought together the local emergency response agency as well as police, EMS, local hospital personnel and the local media. The video below captures the exercise event and a number of lessons learned. The Suffolk Headlines Show #58 segment can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsi-ciYBMsk&feature=youtu.be
CRA is currently working with the New Jersey Emergency Management Systems Task Force, to develop an After Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan regarding several functional areas that documented the EMS preparedness, planning, response, and recovery efforts/actions. The plan includes functional areas in need of improvement based on actions before, during, and after the storm and mechanisms for improvement. This formal plan will assist the State in identifying and prioritizing where and how to use scarce resources to improve response and prevent future damage.
CRA has met with the New Jersey Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), EMS, and limited key stakeholders to discuss the project and write an in depth analysis of the relevant actions taken regarding Superstorm Sandy. To accomplish this analysis, CRA collected information, data, reports, media, and other related items to produce a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the EMS response based on sound research principles. Part of this process included CRA organizing focus groups and interviews to gain further insight.
CRAs multitude of experience in the functional areas applicable allowed us to evaluate which areas current preparation and planning for such a Hurricane (training, plans, exercises, etc.) needed improvement. CRA assisted NJOHSP with exercising their ability for the petroleum sector to function during a Hurricane. This resulted in an AAR containing real world information from examinations of policies and procedures taken to secure facilities, damage undergone, and alternate methods of distribution in order to assist the NJOHSP in better preparing for future natural disasters.