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Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Coordinated Response Effort Capt Holly Shenefelt Medical Operations Officer Wyoming 84 th Civil Support Team.

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1 Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Coordinated Response Effort Capt Holly Shenefelt Medical Operations Officer Wyoming 84 th Civil Support Team

2 Agenda Brief introduction to the functions and capabilities of the Civil Support Team (CST) Partnerships Successes Questions

3 What Is a Civil Support Team? Are you familiar with Civil Support Teams (CSTs) or their functions? A.Yes B.No

4 “We’ve just received a report there’s been an explosion at the intersection of Loop 101 and 202,” announced news anchor Forrest Sawyer with the Virtual News Network. “At this time, we are not sure if this explosion is related to the dirty bomb detonations we’ve seen today in Guam and Portland, OR.” Situation Example

5 Mission “The WMD CST deploys to support civil authorities at a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and [high] explosive (CBRNE) incident site by identifying CBR agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures and assisting with appropriate requests for state support.”

6 What We DO…  Confirm CHEM and RAD hazards  Identify BIO agents  Work directly as a state response asset with local, state, federal response agencies  Provide recommendations on event mitigation, medical treatment, and follow-on state and federal resources

7 103rd 10th 101st 95th 9th 8th 64th 91st 6th 63rd 55th 71st 7th 61st 5th 41st 52nd 4th 44th 43rd 34th 3rd 2nd 11th 51st 73rd 45th 46th 35th CST Locations 93rd 62nd 1st CST in every state and territory (total of 55 teams by 2007) 13th 14th 21st 32nd 42nd 53rd 47th 54th 72nd 85th 92nd 102nd 31st Guam-94th Puerto Rico–22nd 33rd 83rd 84th 81st 82nd 12th 15th

8 Organization Commander Deputy Commander First Sergeant Operations Officer Logistics Non- Commissioned Officer (NCO) Operations NCO/ Modeler Asst. Operations NCO/Decon NCOIC Admin/Log Element Communication Element Admin NCO /ASST Decon NCO Survey Team Leader Medical Operations Officer Survey Element P.A. System Information Tech. Team Chief Nuclear Medical Science Officer Medical NCO Operations Element Communication Team Chief Medical Element Team Chief Team Member Team Member Team Member Team Member  22 Full-time Active (AGR) Force  Army and Air National Guard members  On call 24/7–365 Reconnaissance NCO

9 Deployment  Local / regional response  Times vary based on incident site location  Goal is four hours presence on scene (advanced party)  Partial- or full-team response Air Ground

10 Basic Capabilities  Hazard modeling  Communications  Field analysis  Medical liaison  Survey operations  DECON Training Exercise

11 Medical Section  Medical surveillance and emergency treatment of team  Advice on treatment of WMD casualties  Liaison for medical support  Analysis of WMD agents Training Exercise

12 CST Involvement with Public Health How involved is the CST in your state or local public health office? A.Very involved B.Somewhat involved C.Not involved D.I don’t know

13 Analytical Lab System (ALS)  Presumptive analysis of CHEM and BIO agents  Two internal negative pressure glove boxes  HAPSITE, FTIR, HAZMAT ID, HHA, Microscope, PCR  Self-contained 15kw generator  Operated in the COLD Zone

14 Footprint Civil Support Team Incident Command and other responders Hot zone Training Exercise

15 Questions? Do you have any questions? Training Exercise

16 Wyoming Partnerships State level All hazards line Monthly bioterrorism meeting Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee Training  Laboratory  Glove box  Sampling video  Tabletops  SNS training containers  Burn Course  ICS Courses  Visual DX Software

17 Wyoming Partnerships (cont.) Local public health Exercises  Call outs  Equipment familiarity  Prophylaxis  Public communication Training First Responders  Training  Participation  Role Play

18 Successes: North Dakota Instructors/evaluators  Pandemic influenza scenario  “Point dispensing” Triage lab Training Exercise

19 Successes: Idaho Networking Exercise involvement Training Collaborative medical surveillance Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings Training Exercise

20 Successes: Guam Pandemic influenza preparation Airport disaster Mass immunization All hazards events BT lab set up Training Exercise

21 Successes: Colorado Typing resource database for public health/medical  Slated to become the national model for resource typing  Recently highlighted for their efforts in a documentary on 9NEWS out of Denver, CO

22 Hand-in-hand relationship  Katrina  Pandemic flu preparation  SNS coordination Successes: Louisiana “Development of regional response plans for smallpox... to the coordination between public health, local hospital and the military for patient evacuation during a crisis... to dealing with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita... there is much to be said for developing a firm relationship with public health entities.” Training Exercise

23 Summary Civil Support Team (CST) Partnerships Successes  Plan  Coordinate  Communicate Training Exercise

24 Capt Holly Shenefelt (307) Questions? Do you have any questions? Training Exercise

25 Special Thanks for Contributions CPT Connelley Mr. Moreland 1LT Nordick CPT Perkins CPT Strawbridge CPT Taylor WY State Health Dept Public Health and Bioterrorism Program 84 th Civil Support Team Training Exercise


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