Disaster Preparedness Education & Training

Jacksonville, Fla.

Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness, Basic Disaster Life Support, and Advanced HAZMAT Life Support Provider and Instructor courses are the foundation for preparing and responding to disasters. These courses are now being offered in the same week to provide a more convenient way for health care professionals to acquire the skills necessary for disaster management.


Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP)

DMEP is a one-day course intended for acute care providers who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, emergency department, operating room, intensive care unit, trauma nurses and pre-hospital professionals. The course is also open to hospital administrators, public health personnel and emergency managers.

DMEP addresses core competencies as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Disaster and Mass Casualty Management Committee.

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Understand the surgical problems, injury patterns, and issues that may result from disasters
  • Discuss the role that surgeons can play in planning for and responding to mass casualty incidents and disasters, especially at a hospital level
  • Become familiar with the terms and concepts of incident command
  • Understand the principles and challenges of disaster triage
  • Become familiar with treatment principles related to blast injury, chemical attacks and radiological dispersal devices
  • Know the civilian and military assets available for support

DMEP is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the Surgical Education Group of Jacksonville. For more information, visit the American College of Surgeons Trauma Programs.

Course Credits: 8.25 CME Category 1

Sponsored by: American College of Surgeons


Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS)

Basic Disaster Life Support is a one-day course targeted to multiple disciplines including emergency medical service (EMS) personnel, hazardous materials personnel, public health personnel, and health care providers.

  • The goal of teaching multiple disciplines simultaneously is to develop a commonality of approach and language in the healthcare community, improving the care and coordination of response in Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) disasters and public health emergencies.
  • The BDLS course is a review of the all-hazards topics including natural and accidental man-made events, traumatic and explosive events, nuclear and radiological events, biological events, and chemical events.
  • Also included is information on the healthcare professional's role in the public health and incident management systems, community mental health, and special needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.
  • For more information about the course, visit the National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

Fee: $100 paramedics / $150 physicians (course book included)

Course Credits: 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1

Sponsored by: National Disaster Life Support Foundation


Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS) Provider

The Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS) Provider program is designed to train medical professionals how to treat people exposed to hazardous materials. AHLS provides the specialized knowledge and skills needed to determine the toxic agent causing the symptoms and how it should be treated.

The AHLS Provider program is a 16-hour, two-day course that trains the participant to:

  • Provide rapid assessment of hazmat patients
  • Recognize toxic syndromes (toxidromes)
  • Provide medical management for hazmat patients
  • Apply the poisoning treatment paradigm
  • Administer specific antidotes

For more information, visit the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center-Jacksonville AHLS course website.

Course Credits: 15.5 hours AMA Physician Recognition Award Category 1
16.5 ACPE Contact Hours (1.65 CEUs)
16 Contact Hours Advanced CECBEMS
13 CEU Nursing (Florida)

For additional information on CME and CEU credits, click here.

Sponsored by: Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT)


Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS) Instructor

The AHLS Instructor program is a six-hour, one-day course that trains participants to demonstrate AHLS principles and adult education theory. AHLS instructors can then bring AHLS curriculum to their own area.

For more information about the AHLS Provider and Instructor courses, visit the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center-Jacksonville AHLS course website or the Advanced HAZMAT Life Support website.

Course Credits: 6.5 AMA Physician Recognition Award Category 1
7.5 ACPE Contact Hours (.75 CEUs)
6.0 Contact Hours Educator CECBEMS

For additional information on CME and CEU credits, click here.

Sponsored by: Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT)