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Emergency Preparedness Committee

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Emergency Preparedness Committee Membership

  • Natalie Lane, MD; Chair, Augusta
  • Chamaine Bjornson; Columbus
  • Kristina Herndon; Atlanta
  • Karen Hill; Atlanta
  • Lisa Koons; Savannah
  • Kristopher Mattson; Atlanta
  • Lynne Meadows; Fulton County Schools
  • Mark Muma; Atlanta
  • Rebecca Reamy, MD; Columbus
  • Joel Rice; Atlanta
  • Brent Smith; Columbus
  • Cheryl Walls-Benner; Atlanta

Emergency Preparedness Goals


Goal DescriptionGoal Objectives
– Maintain communication among member hospitals on issues in health and welfare of Georgia’s children as it relates to large scale illness and mitigation and preparation for disaster.– Use Everbridge as a potential mode of communication among each PHIC EP committee member during a disaster
– Testing at least quarterly
– Use call down drill to test downtime process
– Identify a pediatric champion at the level of each of the 15 Healthcare Coalitions in Georgia
– Work with GHA, CHOA and Region G
– Incorporate the use of GaHIN in any upcoming drills
– Ensure that each member hospital incorporates in its annual drills
– Participate, develop, promote, and disseminate educational opportunities relevant to pediatric disaster preparedness using support from the pediatric regional coordinating hospital and allocated funding and resources.– Support the annual EMS-C conference
– CHOA decontamination program
– Use PHIC Listserv as a platform for dissemination
– Upload links to relevant resources
– Post minutes from monthly meetings
– Engage PHIC and its member hospitals in supporting the pediatric hospital designation process for the state of Georgia.– Participate as a stakeholder
– Investigate areas of weakness in pediatric emergency disaster preparedness to help better develop initiatives.– Follow up on the status ASPR TRACI Pediatric Annex for hospitals (2019)
– Follow up on the EMS-C Pediatric. Readiness Survey results to identify areas of weakness in preparedness (2020).
– Participate in an annual state tabletop disaster drill to identify gaps.
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