Nevada Public Health Preparedness

Nevada Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program

The Nevada Public Health Foundation (NPHF) works with the Nevada Public Health Preparedness (PHP) program within the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH).  The PHP program is funded through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreements through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.  HPP and PHEP each have preparedness capabilities designed to accelerate state and local preparedness planning, provide guidance and recommendations for preparedness planning, and, ultimately, assure safer, more resilient, and better prepared communities.

The PHP program subgrants funds to the local health authorities, including: Southern Nevada Health District, Washoe County Health District, Carson City Health and Human Services, and Nevada Community Health Services, as well as to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory to promote and implement HPP and PHEP capabilities within the local communities of Nevada. The PHP program also works with and subgrants funds to the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission (ITERC) to achieve outreach and improve emergency preparedness to Nevada’s Native Tribes. The PHP Program continues to partner with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management, local emergency managers and private industry to continually demonstrate progress in Nevada’s preparedness and response efforts to public health emergencies; thereby promoting prepared and resilient communities across the State.

Public health threats are always present. Whether caused by natural, accidental, or intentional means, these threats can lead to the onset of public health incidents. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting the health of Nevadans and our many visitors.

The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic underscored the importance of communities being prepared for potential threats.  PHP program plans and implements measures in coordination with local health authorities and other partners to prepare Nevada for public health threats and to mitigate their effects.

The PHP program also administers the Nevada Health Alert Network (NVHAN). NVHAN is composed of three systems: HAvBED (Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters); NXT Communicator; and the Wireless Priority Service (WPS) and Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS).

It also oversees the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers-Nevada (SERV-NV) program which has a secure, web-based system used to register, qualify and credential Nevada’s healthcare professionals before a major public health or medical emergency. From this site, registrants may elect to join local Medical Reserve Corps, Statewide Volunteer Pool, or Mental Health Crisis Counselors.

SERV-NV is Nevada’s registry for Emergency System of Advance Registration for Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP). ESAR-VHP is a national network of state-based systems, which verifies the identity and credentials of health professionals so that they can more readily volunteer for disaster, public health, and medical emergencies. By registering through SERV-NV, volunteers’ identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified in advance of a public health and medical disaster or emergency.

Please visit https://servnv.org/ to register as a volunteer.

Aside from completing your profile on SERV-NV, all volunteer organizations require three (3) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study (IS) courses for participation. IS 100.b, IS 200.b and IS 700.a. For Mental Health Crisis Counselor Volunteers, it is also required to have completed the Psychological First Aid training. All of these courses can be taken online and are FREE. The FEMA Independent Study courses can be found on the following link: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx. The Psychological First Aid course can be found on the following link: http://learn.nctsn.org. Once you’ve completed the courses, you will receive a link to your certificate via email or you will have the opportunity to print and/or save your certificate. Please send copies of the certificates to your local MRC coordinator.

For more information on Nevada’s Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program including contact information and general preparedness tips, please visit:  http://dpbh.nv.gov/Programs/Preparedness/