Training

The Network develops innovative, year-round training and exercise opportunities tailored to the unique needs of Washington state’s healthcare community. Our partners—including the leading medical institutions in the region—contribute the latest knowledge to help ensure each training is relevant to the needs of our region’s healthcare organizations.

The Network offers the following workshops, which can be tailored to suit the needs of your facility:

  • Pediatric Disaster Response Workshop
  • Health Support Team Disaster Behavioral Workshop

Exercises

The Network offers two annually recurring operations-based exercises to practice, test, and course-correct regional healthcare coalition plans and provide opportunities for hospitals and non-hospital healthcare partners to participate in community-wide exercises. Coalition-wide exercises support greater coalition coordination, communications, and response capabilities. They are designed to meet Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Washington Department of Health (DOH) standards.

We offer the following exercises:

1. The Coalition Surge Test Series (CST) – June

The Coalition Surge Test Series is a functional exercise series with discussion-based elements, which tests the coalition’s ability to evacuate 20% of the regions acute care hospital beds, identify appropriate receiving beds, coordinate transportation, and identify regional support for a mass-evacuation incident. The CST is divided into three component exercises:

a. Hospital Surge Test (HST-1) simulates hospital evacuations across the region, Disaster Medical Coordination Center (DMCC) coordination, patient movement planning, and hospital surge capabilities. This test lasts 90 minutes and evacuating hospitals are pre-selected by the Network.

b. Non-Hospital Healthcare Surge Test (NST-2) simulates situational awareness gathering for non-hospital healthcare facilities (home health/home care, hospices, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, and many more) and identifies critical gaps in staffing, space, and/or supplies to support a region-wide hospital evacuation scenario. This test lasts 90 minutes and all coalition non-hospital healthcare partners are encouraged to participate.

c. Transportation Coordination Test (TCT-3) provides an opportunity for all coalition partners to exercise transportation coordination, plan alignment, and transportation resource requesting via a discussion-based exercise format. TCT-3 incorporates information gathered in HST-1 & NST-2 to shape the exercise.

2. Fall Exercise (Fall-Ex) – Early December

The Network’s Fall-Ex focuses on testing specific priority capabilities in a coalition-wide operations-based exercise format. This recurring exercise provides opportunities to test coalition plans, work through coalition gaps identified in the CST, and incorporate partner areas of interest.

Online Training

  • Clinic Disaster Preparedness: Healthcare clinics and outpatient services are a vital part of the healthcare system response during a disaster. However, many clinics and outpatient services and their staff are unprepared for disaster. This online training series will provide basic disaster preparedness training that staff can participate in at a time of their choosing. Students who successfully pass all five module quizzes can receive a certificate of completion.

Healthcare Preparedness Capability by Job Group and Proficiency Crosswalk

  • This crosswalk has been created to support the development of a healthcare emergency preparedness plan and training program and may be used in conjunction with a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA). The HVA helps prioritize what needs to be planned for; the crosswalk identifies the knowledge, skills and resources needed for facilities and staff to effectively respond to incidents.

Visit our Meetings page to learn about other training and workshops offered by the Network and our partners.

For more information about training and exercises, please contact training@nwhrn.org.