Training & Education

VDH employees participate in a preparedness training program that is tailored to meet public health emergency preparedness core competencies and preparedness capabilities. Training initiatives are guided by a biennial training needs assessment of employees.
Additionally, VDH works with healthcare organizations and emergency preparedness and response partners to provide training that ensures the readiness of the Commonwealth.

COVID-19 Tabletop in a Box for Educational Institutes


Infectious Disease Self-Administered Tabletop Exercise (Exercise in a Box)

Presented by the Virginia Department of Health, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Infectious Disease Self-Administered Tabletop Exercise contains a series of six exercise scenarios all addressing a different disease impacting the Commonwealth of Virginia. For each exercise, there are a series of documents to help local jurisdictions conduct the tabletop exercise. Each scenario is available here as a separate ZIP file. (For information on opening ZIP files, please click here.)








Additional exercise templates for Ebola Exercises can be found with NETEC.

Training Guidance Documents for VDH Employees

 2018 Virginia Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy Presentations

Course Catalog

TRAIN Virginia houses all courses offered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Visit this free website to find, register for, and track courses offered by VDH and other public health agencies across the nation.

Listed below are some courses, organized by public health preparedness capability, that are listed in TRAIN that may assist VDH employees in preparing to perform their responsibilities in emergency preparedness and response.

Community Preparedness

VDH: VDH’s Role in Emergency Response
Commonwealth of Virginia Terrorism Awareness Training
VDH: Active Shooter Employee Training

Community Recovery

UNC: Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness

Emergency Operations Coordination

ICS 100.b: Introduction to Incident Command
ICS 120.a: An Introduction to Exercises
ICS 130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
ICS 200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
VDH: ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (Instructor lead)
VDH: VDEM Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) 400 (Instructor lead)
IS 700.a: Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
IS 701.a: NIMS Multi-Agency Coordination System
IS 800.b: National Response Framework- An Introduction
VDEM: VEOC 101/102 Introduction to VEST and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Emergency Public Information and Warning

VDH: Introduction to the VDH Media Alert Generator
CDC: Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Online Training Module
UNC: Risk Communication
IS.702.a: NIMS Public Information Systems
IS 250.a ESF 15 External Affairs: A New Approach to Emergency Communication and Information Distribution

Fatality Management

VDH: Mass Fatality Response for MRC
VDH Mass Fatality Volunteer Response Team Training Program

Information Sharing

VDH: Everbridge HAN Group Manager & Dispatcher Training (In-Person)
VDH: Everbridge HAN Group Manager & Dispatcher Refresher Training
VDH: Protecting Confidential Information at VDH

Mass Care

IS-405: Overview of Mass Care/Emergency Assistance

Medical Countermeasure and Dispensing

VDH: An Overview of the Strategic National Stockpile
VDH: Introduction & Overview of the CHEMPACK Program
VDH: Logistics and Maintenance of CHEMPACK Containers
VDH: CHEMPACK Hospital Response Procedures for Nerve Agent Incidents
CDC: SNS Overview Course
CDC: Mass Dispensing Overview
CDC: Closed Point of Dispensing Considerations

Medical Material Management and Distribution

VDH: IMATS Overview and Demonstration (Archived)
VDH: Orientation to RSS (Receive, Stage, and Store) for the (SNS) Strategic National Stockpile
VDH: Primary RSS Operation and Safety Briefing
VDH: Receipt, Stage, Store (RSS) Basic Training
VDH: Receipt, Stage, Store (RSS) Section Chief
VDH: Receipt, Stage, Store (RSS) Inventory Branch leader
VDH: Receipt, Stage, Store (RSS) Inventory Control Analysts
CDC: Safe Handling of 12-hour Push Package Containers in SNS
CDC: RSS Warehouse Floor Marking Video

Medical Surge

CDC: Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

N95 Respiratory Fit Testing TtT Training Material

VDH: Respiratory Fit Testing Train-the-Trainer

N95 Fit Testing Train-the-Trainer Training Materials

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

VDH: An Introduction to Isolation and Quarantine

Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

VDH: Epi program overview (Archive)
VDH: Epi 101 Epidemiology Essentials
VDH: VEDSS Training Module 1: VEDSS Introduction
VDH: VEDSS Training Module 2: Managing Persons
VDH: Chemical Threats - 2014 (Archived polycom)
VDH: Biological Threats - 2014 (Archived polycom)
VDH: Radiological/Nuclear Threats - 2014 (Archived polycom)

Responder Safety and Health

VDH: Chemical Hazard Communications Update (OSHA) Training
UNC: Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness
VDH: Workplace Bloodborne Pathogens for Healthcare
CDC: Guidance for Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals

Volunteer Management

VDH: Cultural Sensitivity Considerations for MRC in Emergency Preparedness & Response(archived video)
VDH: Fairfax MRC Introduction to Ebola Response
VDH: Environmental Health Training for MRC (archived video)
VDH: An Introduction to Nuclear and Radiological Events for MRC Volunteers (archived video)
VDH: Henrico Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Orientation
UMNCPHP: NIMS and ICS: A Primer for Volunteers

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