BDLS Courses 2019

The Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance Training Center has had a very busy week of training! We delivered three separate Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) courses, which were held in Christiansburg, Martinsville and Lynchburg, respectively. In all, we provided this training to a total of 61 participants across the region! BDLS® is targeted to multiple disciplines ... Read more...

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Member Spotlight: Allan Belcher

NSPA has had the privilege of working with Allan Belcher, Director of Ambassador Services at Centra Health. His responsibilities include: Centra’s Ground Transport services, Centra One medevac program, in-hospital patient transporters and greeters, valet services and co-director of Centra’s call center! He has served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors for NSPA, and ... Read more...

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Emergency Preparedness Seminar

On December 13, 2018, the city of Roanoke hosted their 2nd Emergency Preparedness Seminar. Businesses throughout the area gathered to learn about opportunities for their organization. Marci Stone, Emergency Manager for the city of Roanoke, invited Emergency Management personnel to speak on business preparedness and continuity training. A variety subjects were discussed, from active shooter ... Read more...

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September 2018 Overview

Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance Healthcare Tabletop Exercise Series From September 25-28, the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA) hosted a healthcare table top exercise series. The TTX scenarios featured modules pertaining to evacuation, surge and the recovery for facilities based on both evacuation and surge. Over 350 individuals participated from 120 different organizations. These participants included ... Read more...

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Basic Disaster Life Support – December 11, 2017

Join the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance in partnership with Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital for BDLS. BDLS® is targeted to multiple disciplines including: emergency medical service (EMS) personnel, hazardous materials personnel, public safety and public health personnel, and healthcare providers. By teaching multiple disciplines simultaneously, a commonality of approach and language will develop, improving the care ... Read more...

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Disaster Recovery Workshop – November 30, 2017

Please join the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance on November 30th to learn about the long term recovery process as it relates to the healthcare infrastructure in Southwest Virginia. We will discuss local, state, and federal disaster declaration processes, public assistance eligibility, as well as recovery assistance for non-federal disasters and other key topics ... Read more...

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Leveraging Close-calls to Improve your Emergency Management Program

The nature of the preparedness world is one of close-calls, near-misses, fits, starts, and direct hits. Fortunately for all involved, we are not directly impacted by every threat that is forecast to come our way. Still, a comprehensive and forward-thinking emergency management program will not let a potential crisis go to waste.  Here are just ... Read more...

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