Answering the Call
Answering the Call is a basic awareness level course, providing a broad overview of emergency response and preparedness in New Mexico. The course is organized into four instructional modules which provide information regarding general concepts of emergency preparedness and response, as well as information regarding the specific roles and repsonsibilities of New Mexico agencies and individuals during a crisis. The core curriculum is presented by qualified professionals with special training and knowledge regarding emergency preparedness in New Mexico.
There are four main purposes fo the Answering the Call training:o To build statewide capacity for emergency response.o To ensure that emergency response professional work from the same basic level of understanding, and to “speak the same language”o To bring all the various response agencies together to gain a better, and consistent, understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities during an emergencyo To assist health and medical professionals in meeting national core competencies in emergency preparedness and response.Objectives:1. Understand the different types and designations of emergencies and disasters, and how emergency response agencies interact. 2. Recognize the special emergency response considerations related to terrorism. 3. Understand the key concepts of emergency planning.4. Understand the roles and responsibilities of hospitals, health systems, and healthcare providers during an emergency.5. Understand the roles and responsibilities of the New Mexico Department of Health during an emergency.6. Identify the New Mexico State statures relevant to public health and civil emergencies. 7. Recognize the psychological and emotional impact of emergencies and disasters, and the basis for crisis counseling. 8. Describe three different types of emergency communication systems used in New Mexico during emergencies.9. Understand the function and types of Incident Command Systems used during emergencies. 10. Effectively communicate with the public and media during an emergency.11. Access, understand, and use the provided information regarding the recognition and medical treatment of victims of biologic, chemical, explosive, radiological, or nuclear exposure events.
- University of New Mexico Health Science Center--Center for Disaster Medicine--Michael Richards, MD, MPA, Laura Banks, DVM, MPH, Diane Rimple, MD, Christine Brown
- New Mexico Department of Health--Office of Health Emergency Management--Gayle M. Kenny, RN, MS
- Southwest Center for Public Health Preparedness & UNM Masters in Public Health Program--Jo Fairbanks, PhD, Wendy Darnell
- Shaening & Associates--MaryAnn Shaening, PhD, Andrea Poole
Target Audience for AMA CME: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Other Target Audiences: EMS Providers, Nurses, PsychologistsUNM HSC Presenter: Dr. Laura Banks, Associate Director, UNM Center for Disaster Medicine Media: Streaming video and Printed Training Manual