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Emergency Preparedness Planner - L

Location:

  • Trauma Service Area (TSA) L includes the counties of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills.
  • Office Location: Bell County (Belton)
  • Day, evening and overnight travel required. Includes travel within EMTF-7 Region of TSA L, M, N and O and other areas as appropriate. 

Summary of Position: 

  • Performs complex planning, training, and exercising in the area of emergency preparedness in designated Trauma Service Area assigned. 
  • Maintain overall working knowledge of the Trauma Service Area covered including the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC) programs and initiatives in order to coordinate emergency preparedness planning and operations. 
  • Assist healthcare facilities, EMS providers, first responders, and other regional stakeholders with emergency preparedness activities and process planning. 
  • Duties include facilitating meetings, trainings, and exercises and also organizing resources and providing technical assistance among regional stakeholders concerning emergency plans, mutual-aid agreements, regional resources, and other emergency preparedness needs. 
  • Performs moderately complex preparedness training and educational programming which involves planning, designing, organizing, and evaluating preparedness educational, training, and exercise programs for the CATRAC service area.
  • Responds to disasters and planned events as necessary. Participate with regional Emergency Medical Task Force Region 7 (EMTF-7) planning andresponse meetings and activities as needed to maintain the region’s ability to respond appropriately to disasters and planned events.

Organizational Relationships:

  • Reports to the Emergency Preparedness & Operations Manager

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates/facilitates activities and response plans within the appropriate Trauma Service Region (TSA L, M, N, O) with other response partners, such as city and/or county Office of Emergency Management, local emergency response agencies and first responder organizations, hospitals and healthcare systems, local health departments, DSHS Health Service Region staff, and Councils of Government (COG), and surrounding Trauma Service Areas. This coordination shall be conducted in accordance with the capabilities and requirements of participating state and federal grants as well as best practices.
  • Assists healthcare entities in developing and/or updating emergency response plans, including but not limited to decontamination plans, mass fatality management, evacuation/shelter in place plans, and surge capacity plans.
  • Provides technical assistance in development of required documentation to support emergency response plans such as mutual-aid agreements and memorandums of understanding.
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and attends meetings, trainings, and conferences as necessary.
  • Participates in local, regional, and statewide exercises, as needed, to assess the capacity of the Region to respond to bioterrorism, other outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies.
  • Prepares regional after-action reports and improvement plans, documenting and correcting any identified gaps or weaknesses in preparedness plans identified during exercise.
  • Assists with emergency management planning, especially related to response and recovery.
  • Maintains appropriate communication with the CATRAC staff regarding emergency preparedness and response program planning.
  • Maintains an operational knowledge of Emergency Management phases, literature, and concepts as it relates to NIMS, ICS, and HICS structure and principles.
  • Provides technical assistance to Office of Assistant Secretary of Preparedness & Response (ASPR) participating healthcare entities and regional partners regarding grant guidance and compliance.

Experience and Training:

  • Experience working with emergency planning or first responder preparedness.
  • Experience with disaster response management and an understanding of the Texas Disaster Medical System highly desired. 
  • Field deployment event related experience preferred. 
  • Must have good computer skills. 
  • Experience with contracts and grants management a plus. 
  • Ability to interpret and communicate to others relevant state and federal rules, regulations, and guidelines; must demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, health care officials, policy and advisory committees of the regional council and the general public. 
  • Knowledge of the Texas Trauma Service Areas and operations of Regional Advisory Councils.
  • Knowledge of grant management/compliance and government contracts. 
  • Knowledge in National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command Structure (ICS) and completion of NIMS courses including ICS 800, 700, 100, and 200 or within the first 6 months of employment as well as ICS 300 and 400 within year 2 of employment if training was not completed prior to employment. 
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with courses and experience in planning, emergency management, public administration, public health, social science, nursing, or emergency medical services or a related field with experience in emergency planning; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities of position.
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