There are five sections in this course:
- Section 1: Introduction and Overview
- Section 2: Requesting
- Section 3: SNS Assets
- Section 4: Receipt, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Assets
- Section 5: Points of Dispensing (PODs)
There are review questions at the end of each
section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply
the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is also a post-test
at the end of the course. For a full description of requirements for receiving
a Certificate of Completion, please go to the next page.
Persons at both the state and local level who may be
involved in the state's operational plan for the receipt, allocation and/or
distribution of medical assets during a public health emergency
Section 1: Introduction and Overview
- Describe the mission of the federal SNS program.
- List the goals of the Iowa SNS program.
- Identify the 5-tiered response developed for Iowa's SNS
- Identify the 3 main phases of the Iowa SNS program.
Section 2: Requesting SNS Assets
- Define the established process for requesting SNS
- Identify who has authority to request deployment of SNS
Section 3: SNS Assets
- Define the 12-Hour Push Package and application during
a public health emergency.
- Define Managed Inventory and application during a
public health emergency.
Section 4: Receipt, Allocation, and
Distribution of Medical Assets
- Review the State's operational plan for the receipt,
allocation and distribution of medical assets.
Section 5: Points of Dispensing (PODs)
- Identify mass dispensing and mass vaccination goals.
- Identify general POD operational process.
- Discuss components of a local POD plan.
Solve problems under emergency conditions.
Recognize emergency conditions and the resulting problems.
Evaluate the level of hazard or risk.
Prioritize problems based on level of hazard and degree of risk.
Implement action to solve the problem(s) in a timely fashion.
Refer problems that fall outside his or her scope of authority to the
appropriate person in the chain of command.
Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response
Develop partnerships among internal and external emergency response
Develop collaborative emergency response plans and/or policies with
appropriate internal and external emergency response partners.
Maintain agreements (e.g., MAAs, EMACs, MOUs) with external emergency
response partners to secure and provide assistance and other resources in
all phases of emergency preparedness and response.
Maintain situational awareness.
Use information and resources to identify changes in the situation and/or
Classify key resources that could be used for problem solving in the
specific type of incident and the immediate needs of victims.
Communicate methods for aligning response actions to leaders and team.
Cooperate with others to resolve discrepancies or misperceptions
regarding elements impacting situational awareness.
Demonstrate respect for all persons and culture
Develop partnerships with key stakeholders from diverse populations.
Develop cross cultural strategies to address emergency situations and
Assess the needs of vulnerable populations into all levels of emergency
preparedness and response.
Act within the scope of one’s legal authority.
Apply appropriate public health authority to minimize adverse outcomes
(e.g., persons, property, etc.)
Respond legally and consistently within the values and mission of the
public health organization.
Document appropriate information relative to the application of the law.
Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control
of an emergency through the chain of command.
Communicate within the organization’s defined command structure (i.e. report
up, communicate down).
Assess relevant emergency situational information coming into the agency.
Communicate relevant information with to personnel in a timely fashion.
Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not
limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training).
Apply knowledge and skills gained through participation in emergency
preparedness and response activities to improve organization’s
Apply organizational policies and plans during an emergency response.
Apply mitigation strategies during an emergency response.
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January 17, 2015