As the potential for terrorist and non-terrorist CBRNE events increase there is an identified need to develop evidence-informed, practical tools and guidelines for first responders and for those that provide psychosocial supports to them and the affected populations. The key benefit that will accrue as a result of this contract is to prompt a more considered approach of the psychosocial dimensions of CBRNE and other hazard events by senior decision makers within first response organizations.
We are delighted to announce that the Winter Blues! Exercise is now available to be downloaded and run from the SIMTEC website. The website provides access to the Controller Guidebook; resources and materials for the Controllers, the Players and for the EOC; the Training Video; and the three audio-visual files required to run the actual exercise.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our October 29th Winter Blues! Exercise, in particular the North Shore Emergency Management Office and the communities of Delta, Vancouver and Maple Ridge. Your participation was greatly appreciated and has helped us to refine both the exercise and revise our training video.
Stay tuned for the on-line launch of Winter Blues! in January 2013.
Well, who knew research could be so much fun (and hard work!)? We finished the training scripts last week and recorded all of the Narrator portions of the training video for our upcoming Exercise Winter Blues. Also thanks to our dedicated team and volunteers, we recorded radio/dispatch calls for police, fire and ambulance.
Coding and analysis of the Test Exercise is underway and we have started the decontamination literature review. We will be putting together our bi-monthly newsletter this coming week. If you have anything you would like to include in our newsletter please let me know.