◂  December 2021

Virtual Emergency Preparedness Tabletop/Severe Weather and Staffing Shortage

Published by: jtonge


via Zoom


$55 pp members/$65 pp nonmembers


Tomi Morris

VIA ZOOM:  Wednesday, December 1, 2021  •  10 am to 12 noon
LEAD BY:  J. David Weidner, MPH, REHS, MEP, CEM

Registration form:  12.1.21 Emergency Prep Severe Weather Tabletop — Virtual

The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate their facility’s current shelter-in-place capabilities in response to a severe weather event. This exercise will focus on the implementation and coordination of your internal emergency management plans, policies and procedures, critical decision making, communications capabilities and your ability to manage a “novel” event. This includes but is not limited to strategies for conventional, contingency, and crisis staffing during such an event.

Exercise design objectives focus on improving understanding of a response concept, identifying opportunities or problems, and achieving a change in attitude. This exercise will focus on four core capabilities including: Citizen (Resident) Evacuation and Shelter-In-Place, Planning, On-Site Incident Management and Communications.  This tabletop exercise is designed to assist DHCFA’s member facilities in exercising, evaluating, and validating their emergency management plans, policies and procedures.

Learning Objectives:

Within the context of your individual plans, policies and procedures and the listed core capabilities, participants will:

  1. Examine your facility’s ability to implement an internal emergency management system (Incident Command System) to effectively manage your facility during a regional catastrophic weather-related event.
  2. Evaluate your facility’s plans and your ability to shelter-in-place for a period of three days (72 hours).
  3. Identify internal and external redundant communications systems utilized within long term care facilities.
  4. David Weidner, MPH, REHS, MEP, CEM
  5. David Weidner serves as the Director of Emergency Management for the Health Care Association of New Jersey. Mr. Weidner is responsible for all-hazards emergency preparedness, exercise design and planning, emergency communications and response in support of over 400 long term care facilities across New Jersey. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner Program, a Certified Emergency Manager and a New Jersey Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Mr. Weidner earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health Administration from Rutgers University, and his Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


This will be delivered via Zoom including breakout rooms. 2 continuing education credits  for NAB and the Delaware Board of Nursing has have been requested  for this session. To receive credit, you must attend the entire session.


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