HEALTH DEPARTMENT - The Jefferson County Healthcare Coalition hosted a tabletop exercise yesterday involving key personnel discussing a simulated tornado scenario. This exercise assessed current plans, policies, and procedures for strengths and areas of improvement. Objectives for this exercise included Emergency Operations Coordination, Information Sharing, Medical Surge and Recovery. The exercise evaluated the ability to collect, coordinate and manage public health and medical information related to the emergency as it develops, how it provides adequate medical care to the community with limited resources and how quickly it can return to normal operations after experiencing a severe impact to the healthcare system. Exercising the healthcare coalition ensures that it is prepared to provide the best care possible for the citizens of Jefferson County during and after a natural or man-made disaster. A healthcare coalition is defined as: A collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners that assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations. The purpose of a healthcare coalition is to utilize a healthcare system-wide approach that prepares for, responds to, and recovers from incidents that have a public health and medical impact in the short and long-term. The primary function of a healthcare coalition is to coordinate and maintain sub-state regional healthcare system emergency preparedness activities involving the health and medical members. This includes planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercises and evaluation.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us from the Birmingham Public Library. Summer reading has something for everyone. The library offers a wide variety of children and teen programs throughout the BPL system. There are 505 total programs, 46,833 total books read, and 17,664 total program attendance last year. Many children will participate in the Jerricho Cotchery Skills and Drills Camp. Adult audiences can get involved in summer reading and other library programs as well. There are a wealth of activities for adult library patrons including device training and other programs specifically for adults. For more information, visit bplonline.org.
PET OF THE WEEK - Courtney Underwood with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Tipsy. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
OUR HOUSE - Janice talked with Amanda Leblanc about organization ideas for your vacation. She recommends using Ziploc bags to pick kids clothes as complete outfits. You can even label the bags per day/per child. Using the bags also allows you to squeeze out the air and take up less space.Use the gallon size bags to do the same thing for adult outfits. You can use snack bags for accessories and slip them right inside the gallon bag. Now, you'll know what jewelry to wear with what outfit. Another good way to carry your jewelry is in empty medicine bottles so that it won't get lost inside your bag. Pack neutrals that you can mix and match - jeans, neutral colored shoes, etc - to save even more space in your bag. Do all of this in advance so that you can relax on your vacation and not have to stress. For more ideas, visit theamandas.com.