Faced with the rapidly escalating H1N1 pandemic in 2009-2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) identified and activated measures to mitigate the impact of this public health threat through enhanced surveillance, risk communications and community mitigation, and vaccine distribution and administration. This massive effort required a swift and comprehensively coordinated response beyond the agency’s immediate staffing capacities.
The South Central Mountains Regional Task Force (SCMRTF), which includes the counties of Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Snyder, engaged Delta over the course of an eight-month performance period to develop several regionally based emergency plans and validate their implementation through the delivery of a series of discussion- and operations-based exercises.
Delta provided the technical assistance necessary for JCESA to prepare its five-year strategic plan, developing a blueprint to ensure that the necessary staffing and financial capacity needs will be met. During a three-month strategic planning process, Delta conducted quantitative and special data collection and analyses, document reviews, and stakeholder interviews with the County Commission, JCESA, all seven fire companies, and select county departments, including the Department of Capital Planning and Management, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Planning Department.
Next to firearms, explosive devices are the most likely form of terroristic event with which responders may have to contend. Improvised explosive devices and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices are in the news almost daily. Their utilization is not limited to war-torn areas of the world. In recognizing the need to improve its capability and capacity to respond to a mass trauma event caused by an explosive device, Arlington County, Virginia, sought to develop an Annex to be integrated into its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
Delta was tasked with the revision of the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Influenza Pandemic Plan. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires that all states assess their pandemic preparedness planning and respond with specific preparedness information in a prescribed format. To meet this challenge, Delta assembled a team of public health planning experts and immediately engaged DPH’s Project Officer in order to revise the current plan in an efficient manner according to the pandemic preparedness objectives outlined by the federal government.
Highland Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited mental health facility located in Charleston, West Virginia. With both inpatient and outpatient services and operating from multiple locations in the Charleston area, Highland Hospital recognized the need to update its existing emergency operations plan and enhance its emergency preparedness program and training to meet newly evolving Joint Commission standards for healthcare facilities as well as further its commitment to providing a safe environment for its visitors and clients.
Delta conducted a tabletop exercise for Somerset Hospital that was designed to initiate a discussion of what would occur in the event a terrorist incident took place at the Flight 93 National Memorial during the dedication weekend, as well as what would occur at a seperate incident involving a suspicious device found outside of the Emergency Department. The exercise provided participants with the opportunity to explore internal issues, such as surge capacity, staffing, hospital evacuation, and stakeholder coordination, in response to both of these incidents.
While preparing to conduct a tabletop exercise, the State of Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Public Health Preparedness Section identified areas where the existing draft version of the Delaware State Hospital Evacuation Standard Operating Guideline (SOG) required additional clarification and details based upon previous reviews of the SOG. Due to the experience and quality of Delta’s Disaster Preparedness Solutions (DPS) team, Delaware DPH contracted Delta’s DPS team to review and revise the SOG brief the draft SOG, to all stakeholders, and finalize the document.
Situated near Philadelphia and consisting of 24 boroughs and 38 townships, Montgomery County is a vital commerce center for the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys and the third-most populated county in Pennsylvania, with over 750,000 residents. Recognizing the important role it plays in providing for the protection, vitality, and resiliency of its constituents and the continued delivery of critical services, the County, through the Public Safety Department, contracted Delta to provide professional services in the delivery of three multidisciplinary and interagency Tabletop Exercises (TTXs) and associated training.