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Virginia 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team is a cadre of professional and para-professional medical personnel that provide medical care during disasters.
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As we head into hurricane season, it will be filled with new challenges courtesy of COVID-19! Thankfully, Emergency Mana...
06/24/2020

As we head into hurricane season, it will be filled with new challenges courtesy of COVID-19! Thankfully, Emergency Managers like Jim Redick are gifted, prepared, and ready to rise to the occasion. Listen and learn...and of course, share!!

'Tidewater EMS Time' (TEMS Time), a podcast for the EMS Community, has posted a NEW episode in the COVID-19 Impact series! This week: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE with guest Jim Redick, Director, Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response. Podcast Page: https://buff.ly/2XlJhw3 or Listen, Share and Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts #TEMSTime

Please subscribe and share with others! Consider being a future guest on the podcast!!
06/09/2020

Please subscribe and share with others! Consider being a future guest on the podcast!!

Check it out! A NEW PODCAST for the EMS Community premieres with a special series devoted to the impact of COVID-19 in the Tidewater region. It features interesting and insightful interviews with leaders in Emergency Medical Services and Healthcare.
New episodes drop every Tuesday!
Available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts: Search 'Tidewater EMS Time' #TEMSTime #TidewaterEMSCouncil
Check out our website for more information.
https://buff.ly/2XlJhw3

05/22/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

HAPPY EMS WEEK VA-1!! #EMSSTRONG

TEMS Thank You Video 5-21-20 #5
We want to say thank you to the EMS professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis during EMS Week. You are Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow! #EMSSTRONG #WereInThisTogether #FeelGoodFriday

05/18/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

Time to brag about someone you know and get them recognized for the amazing work they do!!

Tidewater EMS Regional Awards Deadline extended until June 28th.
Do not wait! time is running out!
#TidewaterEMS #TEMS

05/14/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

National Hospital Week Where Health Comes First

Shout out to our doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists that are working the front lines!!

#ThankfulThursday
Our gratitude grows daily as the frontline heroes in the fight against COVID 19. Your hardwork and dedication is amazing and our thanks is immeasurable. #keepupthegoodwork #frontlineheroes #NationalHospitalsWeek #ThankfulThursday #WereinthisThisTogether

05/08/2020
You're Making a Difference

"The ASPR Office of External Affairs put together this video showcasing many of you and the incredible dedication you bring to ASPR, HHS and this nation seamlessly from your alternate work locations."

FOR INTERNAL REVIEW ONLY! DO NOT DISTRIBUTE without ASPR COMMs approval. DO NOT USE OUTSIDE OF ASPR.

05/08/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

and a special thanks to all of the Nurses and Mothers for all you do!!

On this #FeelGoodFriday, we salute our #FrontlineHeroes who serve in our region every day! A special shout out to nurses during #NurseAppreciationWeek - thank you! #ThankYouNurses #WereinThisTogether

I think these were of Jim's last deployment...
05/07/2020

I think these were of Jim's last deployment...

In the midst of the COVID-19 response, I wonder how my boss, my mentor, my friend, would have responded; I am most assuredly certain with the same steadfast resolve, patience, and compassion he responded to everything!! Miss you Jim!!

05/01/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

Many share their talents locally, regionally, state-wide, and nationally!! Shout out to VA-1 DMAT members on the front lines whether at work or deployed by HHS/ASPR/NDMS!!

It's time again to honor our frontline heroes! Check out our latest 'Thank You' video - recognize any friends and co-workers? Please continue to send in your photos. Our appreciation and gratitude continues!
#FeelGoodFriday #HealthcareHeroes #WereinThisTogether

04/24/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

So proud of the regional cooperation and collaboration in response to COVID-19!!!

Thank you for your service!
All of us could probably use a #FeelGoodFriday - what better way than to honor our #HealthcareHeroes! #WereinThisTogether

Spread the word, it's safe to call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital!!
04/16/2020
Don’t delay getting help...

Spread the word, it's safe to call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital!!

Don’t delay getting help...   The Tidewater Emergency  Medical Services Council, Inc.   Don’t delay getting help for time-sensitive medical emergencies While all of us are being asked to stay home to protect ourselves during this COVID-19 pandemic, TEMS, the Tidewater Emergency Medical Servic...

04/09/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

Tidewater EMS Council

The Tidewater EMS Council is so proud of the work being done by the more than 60 local EMS agencies, 15 area hospitals, and countless other healthcare organizations during this COVID-19 pandemic. You are all providing timely response with the skillful, quality treatment our patients deserve. We are ALL in this TOGETHER; One Community!!

As people are being asked to stay at home and practice social distancing many are wanting to know more about what we are doing during this crisis. So, I would like to ask you to take this opportunity to show them. Send your pictures and video to the Dropbox link below, and we will put together a video showing all the hard work and dedication that our TEMS partners are demonstrating in the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Accomack, Northampton, Isle of Wight and Southampton. We would like to get this video up soon, so if you have a chance please send the shots in as soon as possible. DO NOT send pictures or video of patients or patient care activities! For instance, send pictures of donning/doffing PPE, what social distancing looks like, artwork, efforts to appreciate hospital staff, Drs. and nurses. We will put it up on social media as soon as it’s complete and we encourage all of you to share it with your friends and family so that see all the wonderful work you are doing! Let’s spin the negative into a POSITIVE!!

Thanks again for being the frontline heroes in this fight!

https://www.dropbox.com/l/AAD3Dc8MAIpI14UlQFr9M48bRzqKRvJJ6cY

04/01/2020
Tidewater EMS Council

Tidewater EMS Council

Stay informed...

"A new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that people with chronic conditions including diabetes, lung disease and heart disease appear to be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19."

"The report finds 78% of COVID-19 patients in the U.S. requiring admission to the intensive care unit had at least one underlying condition. And 94% of hospitalized patients who died had an underlying condition. The analysis is a preliminary snapshot based on data from about 7,000 cases in the U.S. and about 200 deaths."

Tidewater EMS Council
03/30/2020

Tidewater EMS Council

On behalf of 64 EMS agencies affiliated with the Tidewater EMS Council (TEMS) and representing the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Accomack, Northampton, Isle of Wight and Southampton, TEMS is working to solicit and collect any extra, unused PPE from local businesses. Specifically, we are looking for donations of unused:

Face masks: including N95s, clinical, surgical, or other types
Face shields
Non-latex gloves
Disposable gowns
Cleaning wipes with bleach
Hand sanitizer

Donations can be dropped off at 1104 Madison Plaza, Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA or call 757-963-0632 to arrange a pick-up.

"The decontamination process should keep a significant number of N95 masks in use..."
03/27/2020

"The decontamination process should keep a significant number of N95 masks in use..."

Duke Health researchers confirm a method to decontaminate and reuse scarce N95 face masks, a critical piece of personal protective equipment for front-line health teams tending patients with COVID-19.

The method uses aerosolized hydrogen peroxide to permeate the layers of the mask to kill germs, including viruses, without degrading the mask material. Read more at our website:

https://bddy.me/2JduQlV

#ppeshortage #coronavirus #covid19 #dukehealth

Unfortunately like many other organizations we are having to postpone our Tidewater Healthcare Education Expo “Resilienc...
03/18/2020

Unfortunately like many other organizations we are having to postpone our Tidewater Healthcare Education Expo “Resilience in action... answering the call, managing the stress” scheduled for April 28-May 3, 2020 because of COVID-19. As healthcare professionals, we know large gatherings contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, but we also know that the education and information received at this Expo is important, that’s why we are working to secure a future date, tentatively July 28 - August 2, 2020. Be sure to follow us on social media as well as on our website www.tidewaterems.org/expo. Thank you for all you are doing to help get our country through this crisis and please stay safe.

HHS funds development of COVID-19 diagnostic tests
03/13/2020
HHS funds development of COVID-19 diagnostic tests

HHS funds development of COVID-19 diagnostic tests

Two diagnostic tests that may detect severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in approximately one hour will receive advanced development support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Remember all of our members deployed!!
03/12/2020

Remember all of our members deployed!!

ASPR’s Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s largest supply of lifesaving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in public health emergencies, has deployed more than 135 tons of cargo in support of the ongoing response to the 2019 novel #coronavirus outbreak. Resources from the Strategic National Stockpile are being used to protect health care workers and supply them with medical supplies and other needs. The Strategic National Stockpile has also deployed resources to help meet state needs as part of the ongoing response to the #COVID19 outbreak. https://www.phe.gov/about/sns/Pages/responses.aspx

Mass casualty incidents are low frequency-high acuity events that demand our very best in managing scarce resources and ...
12/22/2019
Accident involving more than 45 vehicles shuts down I-64 westbound near Queens Creek Overpass

Mass casualty incidents are low frequency-high acuity events that demand our very best in managing scarce resources and doing the greatest good for the greatest number...

YORK Co., Va. (WAVY) — First-responders are on the scene of an accident involving more than 45 vehicles. According to emergency communications, they received a call at 7:49 Sunday morning for…

Congratulations to our winner of the James A Nogle, Jr trophy for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness...
11/10/2019

Congratulations to our winner of the James A Nogle, Jr trophy for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response - Hampton Roads MMRS #VaEMS2019

Congratulations to our winner of the James A Nogle, Jr trophy for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response - Hampton Roads MMRS #VaEMS2019

09/01/2019

As Hurricane Dorian approaches, VA-1 DMAT has a member deployed with OH-1, am member with CA-4, and five members rostered with Delta-1 (not yet deployed). Shout out to Shamera Boone and Craig Topping; stay safe!!

08/07/2019

Nuclear Preparedness - Courtesy of FEMA Region II

The Cold War is over but looming concerns over a nuclear explosion will never fade. If it is a fear of war with hostile nations, caused by a natural disaster or human error like Fukushima and Chernobyl respectively. Regardless of the cause it is important to know the proper response. Nuclear explosion can cause hazards such as:
•Temporary blindness due to the bright flash
•The blast wave, fire, and heat can cause death, injury, and damage to structures several miles from blast
•Damaged cells due to radiation
•Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) can damage electrical power equipment and electronics several miles out from the detonation and cause temporary disruptions.
•Fallout is radioactive, visible dirt and debris raining down that can cause sickness to those who are outside.

Fallout is most dangerous in the first few hours after detonation due to the highest levels of radiation. For areas outside of immediate blast zones, it takes about 15 minutes for fallout to arrive back to ground level. It is crucial to find shelter and follow the steps bellow to mitigate the potential exposure to radiation:
Get inside
-Move inside the nearest building to avoid radiation. Brick/concrete structures are best.
-If you were outside after the fallout remove outer layer of contaminated clothing and shoes.
-Take a shower and wash unprotected skin and hair. If a shower is unavailable wipe skin with soap and water.
-Go to the basement or middle of the building, avoid the outer walls or roof.

Stay inside
- Remain indoors for 24 hours unless told otherwise by local officials.
- Reunite later with loved ones, to avoid exposure to dangerous radiation families should stay where they are even if they are apart.
- If pets were outside during blast, wash the exposed areas and keep them inside.

Stay tuned
- Tune into media available for official information and instructions such as when it is safe to exit.
- Cell service, internet, and television may be unavailable.

Prepare today and identify the best shelter locations near work, home, and/or school. Remember the best shelters are underground, brick or concrete, or in the center of large buildings. While commuting, locate appropriate structures to take shelter in. Outdoor areas, vehicles, or mobile homes will not protect you from contamination. Keep an Emergency Supply Kit for places frequently visited and time spent. It should carry a bottle of water, packaged foods, and emergency medicines. If you are outdoors when a detonation happens take cover from the blast behind anything that might offer protection. Lie face down to protect exposed skin from the heat and flying debris. If you are in a vehicle, stop safely, and duck down within the vehicle. After the shock wave passes get inside.

For more information visit ready.gov Centers for Disease Control, Health and Human Services, and download the FEMA app.

Tips To Protect Against Extreme Heat!!
07/16/2019

Tips To Protect Against Extreme Heat!!

Thinking of all of our healthcare brothers and sisters taking care of the injured. STRONG WORK VBEMS AND SENTARA HEALTHC...
06/01/2019

Thinking of all of our healthcare brothers and sisters taking care of the injured. STRONG WORK VBEMS AND SENTARA HEALTHCARE!!

Tidewater EMS Council
05/31/2019

Tidewater EMS Council

Tidewater EMS Council wants to invite you to the 2019 regional EMS award presentations on June 16th. Click here https://buff.ly/2HK66BR for more info and to register. ⠀

Tidewater EMS Council
05/20/2019

Tidewater EMS Council

The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) Council would like to take this opportunity to THANK the 10 jurisdictions (Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach and the Counties of Accomack, Isle of Wight, Northampton, and Southampton), 61 EMS agencies (career, volunteer, and commercial), 80 Education Coordinators, ALS Coordinators, and Emergency Operations Instructors that helped deliver over 214 EMS courses, and the 5,148 EMS providers that make the very best care in the country! Thank you for your service and your commitment to excellence!! TEMS STRONG!!

Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System
05/20/2019

Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System

Thank you to the Peninsulas EMS Council for sponsoring the 2019 Peninsulas EMS Council Regional EMS Awards. HRMMRS was recognized with the "2019 Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response." Over the past three years, HRMMRS has been recognized by the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA), Tidewater EMS Council (TEMS), and no the Peninsula EMS Council (PEMS)!

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the ...
05/15/2019

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Police Memorial Week is an observance that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington D.C. to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

It’s time to submit your nominations for the 2019 Tidewater EMS Council Regional Awards!  Submission deadline is May 15,...
05/08/2019

It’s time to submit your nominations for the 2019 Tidewater EMS Council Regional Awards! Submission deadline is May 15, 2019!

The 2019 Tidewater EMS and Emergency Nursing Expo is just three days away! This marks the 11th year TEMS has offered a 3...
04/29/2019

The 2019 Tidewater EMS and Emergency Nursing Expo is just three days away! This marks the 11th year TEMS has offered a 3-day Education Expo to advance the clinical practice of emergency medicine and improved patient outcomes!!

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