Project History

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With a robust project history at CHHS, we boast an extensive list of quality results that meld years of experience with our unique academic background.

 

PAST CHHS PROJECTS INCLUDE:

 

  • Maryland FirstNet Interoperability Outreach and Planning

    October 17, 2014

    On July 29, 2014, representatives of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) visited Maryland’s capital to discuss the first-ever Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Participants included Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland cabinet officials, and a team of Maryland first responders. Five CHHS staffers who support Maryland’s Statewide Interoperability Office ...

  • Senior Crisis Management Seminars – Summer & Fall 2014

    October 13, 2014

    During May and June of 2014, Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron led the CHHS Exercise and Training team in developing and delivering Senior Crisis Management Seminars for delegations from Indonesia, Nigeria, India, and Lebanon in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance. Each seminar lasted one ...

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus Security Exercise Series

    October 1, 2014

    As part of an ongoing campus security update led by CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), the Exercise and Training team developed a series of six exercises to test university emergency response policies and capabilities. Two workshops and two tabletop exercises provided stakeholder ...

  • Star-Spangled Spectacular Exercises and Evaluation

    September 30, 2014

    The CHHS Exercise and Training team is often called upon by our partners to assist in security preparations for large special events. Past projects have included work with the Maryland Stadium Authority to prepare for potential emergencies at Baltimore Orioles and Ravens sporting events, as well as supporting the District ...

  • Maryland State Agency COOP Plans Updated

    August 30, 2014

    CHHS continues to support the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in its effort to ensure all Maryland essential government functions can be continued after a disabling emergency.  In 2009, in light of the H1N1 flu pandemic, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley proposed a thorough review and update of all Maryland state ...

  • Healthcare Standard Training

    August 1, 2014

    CHHS conducted two separate efforts to increase the competency and use of a Healthcare (HC) Standard system throughout Maryland and the National Capital Region (NCR). HC Standard compiles emergency management and patient tracking tools in one system to provide a rapid common operating picture among hospitals, emergency medical responders, and the ...

  • Carroll County Medical Surge Tabletop

    July 21, 2014

    The Exercise and Training team developed and delivered a tabletop exercise Aug. 28, 2013 for the Carroll County Health Department. Local healthcare facilities, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and state and local coordinating agencies joined CHHS staff to discuss the scenario of a flu-like illness causing a medical surge in ...

  • Central MD Regional Hospital Evacuation Workshop

    July 21, 2014

    Evacuation Workshop for Central Maryland Regional Hospitals The Exercise and Training team delivered a workshop on August 8, 2013 involving medical providers from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, which opened a dialogue on hospital-wide evacuations in Central Maryland. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services ...

  • MD Mitigation Planning

    June 30, 2014

    Mitigation Planning Across Maryland Effective mitigation planning enables local jurisdictions to reduce the impact of disasters before they occur by instituting cost effective prevention and education measures. In the long run, successful implementation of mitigation projects ultimately will save the lives of many people and millions of dollars in property damages. To ...

  • Montgomery County Winter Weather Functional Exercise

    June 19, 2014

    Preparing for natural disasters is imperative for local county emergency management agencies and first responders, including major winter storms that bring power outages and treacherous travel situations along with heavy snow and ice. In Montgomery County the CHHS Exercise and Training team helped emergency management officials practice activation of their ...

  • COOP Planning for Maryland Public Service Commission

    June 17, 2014

    In 2013-2014, Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo – in partnership with consultants from Tidal Basin Government Consulting, Continuity Operations Group LLC, and Vision Planning and Consulting LLC – developed a comprehensive Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan for the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The mission of the Maryland PSC is to ...

  • Montgomery County Mass Notification and Public Alerting System Training

    June 17, 2014

    The National Capital Region (NCR) uses emergency alert and notification systems to send messages within each jurisdiction when significant events, such as weather and traffic disruptions, impact the local population. In partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), CHHS assisted Montgomery County, one of the Maryland NCR jurisdictions, ...

  • Regional Full-Scale Mass Casualty Exercises

    May 8, 2014

    On May 8, 2014, the CHHS Exercise and Training team carried out simultaneous exercises in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties to test Maryland’s mass casualty response.  The scenario, explosive detonations at large sports and recreation facilities in Maryland’s National Capital Region, allowed local fire, police, emergency medical services, emergency management, ...

  • Regional School Emergency Preparedness Seminars

    May 1, 2014

    Kicking off what looks to become an annual forum, CHHS staff supported three National Capital Region (NCR) School Emergency Preparedness Seminars this spring in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Principals and administrators from public, independent, and private K-12 schools in the NCR joined local law enforcement and emergency ...

  • Montgomery County Cities Readiness Initiative Full-Scale Exercise

    March 28, 2014

    Testing the Montgomery County Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Point of Dispensing (POD) procedures in the event of a bioterror attack, CHHS conducted a full-scale exercise on March 28, 2014 at Damascus High School. This exercise was the first full-scale field exercise in which the County activated and operated its CRI ...

  • Baltimore UASI Training and Exercise Assessment

    March 17, 2014

    The CHHS Exercise and Training team recently completed an assessment of training and exercise needs for the Baltimore Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). Staff reached out to exercise and training representatives from each UASI jurisdiction, including the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, ...

  • Local MD Emergency Operation Center Activations – Winter 2014

    March 12, 2014

    EOC Activations Spur CHHS Staff into Action The 2013-14 winter season dealt parts of Maryland more snow in just the first few storms than the entire previous winter. As ice and snow caused travel headaches and power outages, and an active-shooter event impacted a local shopping mall, CHHS staffers who work ...

  • American Bar Association Webinars

    March 1, 2014

    In coordination with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, CHHS Associate Directors Amy Major and Megan Timmins recently developed and taught a series of three “Surviving a Disaster” business continuity webinars for ABA members. The webinars were built upon the content of the ABA’s ...

  • MARCE Conference 2014

    February 10, 2014

    Conference Explores Critical Balancing Act between Public Safety and Scientific Advancement On February 10, 2014 CHHS hosted an annual public health conference in partnership with the Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (MARCE). This year’s focus was on Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC), which ...

  • DHS/FEMA COOP Training Conclusion

    December 30, 2013

    Longest Running CHHS Federally Funded Project Comes to an End For the past six years, CHHS has been the go-to training source when state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in the U.S. want to know how to implement Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning. More than 100 jurisdictions from Maryland to Alaska ...