Unprecedented local credibility for emergency preparedness in Georgia

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DMAN has had a highly credible local presence in Georgia since before the 9/11 attacks, working in the area of anti-terrorism and natural disaster response throughout the state, and it is intended to augment this state utility at UGA in the proposed Institute. Before 9/11, CMDD conducted a series of regional conferences on the emergency medical response requirements for terrorist attacks, which were attended by representatives of all the state agencies tasked with emergency and public health response. Immediately after 9/11, DMAN was tasked by the Division of Pubic Health to conduct medical training in all 8 GEMA regions of the state for development of baseline emergency response proficiency for terrorist attacks. DMAN was asked by the Division of Public Health and GEMA to devise the mass casualty management plan for the G-8 Economic Summit at Sea Island, GA. DMAN produced the plan that would have been involved if a large scale terrorist attack would have occurred when the 35 heads-of-state of the world's industrial powers were visiting Georgia.

Since that time, MCG has received contracts from DPH for the conduct of ADLS, BDLS, and CDLS-decon courses throughout the state for anti-terrorism proficiency in hospitals, clinics, and health care centers. A highly successful rotation in pharmacy centered on mass casualty preparedness has been conducted for the last four years at the College of Pharmacy, including training for PharmD students at the DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness at Anniston, Alabama. A video aimed specifically at pharmacist training has been sent to all 6,300 pharmacists in the state of Georgia. The continuity of contracts from the state over the last several years indicates the high degree of credibility and trust that has been built up over time. Of particular importance has been the current status of DMAN, to be transferred to the Institute, as an EOC for the State Division of Public Health. After demonstrating that this EOC can receive input simultaneously from 129 hospitals in real time during an extended crisis, it is intended to continue this function both in research/training venues and in a real crisis in mass casualty health care, should one arise.