Grant Webinar Opportunity

Register Here: FY23 TVTP Grant Program Forecast Webinar 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) will be hosting three Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) forecast webinars for potential applicants to learn about the grant program and CP3’s mission. The presentation will cover a general overview of the program, the types of projects funded, resources that applicants can leverage to complete their applications, and an opportunity to ask questions. Each presentation will cover the same material; please register for the date that works best for your schedule.

Dates/Times: Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm EST

Friday, January 27, 2023 @ 2:00 pm EST

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 @ 2:00 pm EST

For More Information

Please contact the CP3 grants team at TerrorismPrevention@hq.dhs.gov with any questions. If needed, there is availability to schedule phone/video meetings. Organizations that represent groups of eligible applicants can also request additional webinars, subject to availability.

Symposium Call for Presentations Now Open

The 2023 Virginia EMS Symposium Call for Presentations is now open. The Annual Virginia EMS Symposium, scheduled for November 8th through 12th, 2023, is one of the nation’s premier educational opportunities for EMS providers and Registered Nurses to obtain continuing education and network. Each year, more than 1500 registrants choose from over 350 different programs over the 5-day event. National and local educators participate to make this event one of the top pre-hospital educational opportunities in the country. The Symposium has multiple tracks covering Administration, Airway, Respiration, Ventilation, Cardiology, Critical Care, Educator, Heath & Safety, Leadership & Management, Medical, MIH-CP, Operations, Pediatric and Trauma. Sessions generally run 1 hour with the exception of our specialty classes that vary in length from 3 hours up to a total of 24 hours. 

For more information and to submit your proposal, visit: Symposium Call for Presentations

National Preparedness Month: Test Your Plan

 

Now that you have your all-hazards plan in place, it is important to get everyone involved in testing your plan.  Everyone from the most senior to the probationary member should participate in plan testing.  Everyone is at risk during an emergency or disaster! Get Connected… Stay informed!

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National Preparedness Month: Stay Informed

Being informed is an important way to help prepare for any disaster or emergency.  Signing up for weather alerts, jurisdictional notifications, or having contact numbers readily available can help reduce panic during a crisis.  Safety can increase with quick access to critical information.  Get Connected…Stay Informed!

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The 2022 Virginia EMS Provider Mental Health Survey Results

THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH AMONG VIRGINIA’S EMS PROVIDERS 2022. The results of the 2022 EMS Provider Mental Health Survey are officially posted on the VDH website! To view the results, visit bit.ly/EMSMHSurvey22. This survey is a follow-up to the 2019 Virginia EMS Provider Mental Health Survey. The goal of the survey was to assess the mental health status of Virginia’s EMS providers, as well as the perceived mental health culture and services within the providers’ agencies. Additionally, providers were asked questions regarding substance use as well as the impact of job satisfaction, the COVID-19 pandemic and workplace violence on provider mental health. Approximately 70% of EMS providers believed they experienced EMS related burnout, traumatic stress, PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, or emotional or psychological harm from verbal abuse or physical assault at some point during the past 12 months. Our hope is to use this data to raise awareness and drive further action aimed at improving EMS provider mental health resources.

You are not alone. If you are struggling, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. Visit bit.ly/FirstResponderMentalHealthVA for additional first responder specific mental health resources.

If you have additional questions about the survey or results, please contact Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Division Director, at Karen.Owens@vdh.virginia.gov.