Continuing Education/CME

Basic Awareness Course

This is the first course of several developed by the IDEP faculty and trainers of courses presenting information on bioterrorism and all-hazards preparedness and response, appropriate for health care professionals, providers, staff, and volunteers. The course includes four modules, each approximately one hour in length, and is outlined below. Course 1 is approved for CE/CME (four contact hours). View a listing of all approved health professions that are able to receive CME/CE credits. The course is free and available live, online, or by CD. Register now to take the online version of this course, or contact us if you would like this course via CD or live presentation.

Course Competencies
  1. Ability to identify public health disasters, including manmade and natural events
  2. Awareness of the history of terrorism and bioterrorism
  3. Recognition of the need for an emergency response
  4. Basic knowledge of the emergency structure in the community, region, and state, including local, state, and federal agencies
  5. Basic understanding of emergency operations
    • Awareness of the general roles and responsibilities of individuals, institutions, and agencies during an emergency all-hazards response
    • Knowledge of hazard communications, including which systems need to be alerted and how to do so
    • Ability to activate an emergency response
  6. Knowledge of basic infection control practices, including standard precautions, isolation, decontamination, hand hygiene, etc.
  7. Awareness of the general requirements of special needs populations in an all-hazards emergency situation
  8. Knowledge of personal and workplace emergency plans
  9. Identification of the participant's role in preparing for and responding to an all-hazards emergency situation at home and at work
    • Ability to develop a general plan for responding to different anticipated emergency situations at home and at work
    • Revise these plans and replace supplies annually. Practice this annually.
Course Modules and Lessons
  1. Module 1: Overview of Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness
    • Lesson 1: Introduction to All-Hazards Preparedness
    • Lesson 2: What Is a Disaster?
    • Lesson 3: Overview of Terrorism
    • Lesson 4: What Is CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive)?
  2. Module 2: Responding to an Emergency Situation
    • Lesson 1: The Disaster Cycle
    • Lesson 2: Overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
    • Lesson 3: Overview of State Emergency Management
    • Lesson 4: Psychosocial Considerations Following an Emergency Incident
  3. Module 3: Vulnerable and Hard-to-Reach Populations
    • Lesson 1: Overview of Vulnerable and Hard-to-Reach Populations
    • Lesson 2: Common Approaches to Assist Hard-to-Reach Populations in Emergency Situations
  4. Module 4: Personal and Workplace Emergency Preparedness and Response
    • Lesson 1: Family, Workplace, and Community Emergency Plans
    • Lesson 2: Preparation for Hurricanes
    • Lesson 3: Preparation for Tornadoes
    • Lesson 4: Preparation for Wildfires
    • Lesson 5: Preparation for Flooding
    • Lesson 6: Pandemic Influenza
    • Lesson 7: Preparation for Earthquakes
    • Lesson 8: Preparation for Blizzards