AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 302
Emergency Response: Application of Online Resources

intermediate | .67 CM Point/ 4 Contact Hours/ 0.5 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60


Incident Planning and Response, Risk Assessment and Management

IHs are frequently engaged as experts to assist incident commanders in emergency scenarios involving the release of radiological or chemical agents. This role requires providing expert input based on timely and comprehensive information. This PDC will highlight the resources available to the IH professional. The National Library of Medicine, whose mission is to collect, organize, preserve and disseminate health-related information, has several online resources that are accessible for free by global users and in many cases have direct application to the needs of the IH professional.

The PDC will introduce the features of key resources that find critical application for emergency response, including: the TOXNET cluster of databases, WISER® (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management), and the new CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management) tool. These resources are designed to be easy to use, intuitive, and able to provide accurate information when and where it is needed, such as on-site for first responders at an emergency via portable devices (including smart phones). Also included is a presentation on the CAMEO system software applications from the U.S. EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Resources, case studies and facilitated breakout sessions highlight how integrated applications can provide a robust suite of tools for addressing information needs for emergency response functions.

Value Added:
Provides resources for emergency response. Users will be guided through the National Library of Medicine contingent of free Internet databases and software resources that are used in chemical and radiological event emergency responses. Also included is the CAMEO system of software applications from U.S. EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The PDC includes scenario-based training in small groups facilitated by experts and designers of the resources. This type of facilitated training greatly leverages the power of the resources, by ensuring their effective and integrated use to maximize information transfer for emergency response scenarios. All attendees will receive the software on a CD for use on their computers during the course, although the course presentations will also include projection of any material needed for successful participation in the course.

Learning Aids:
Participants must bring a laptop.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify resources for health hazard and exposure limit information for various exposure scenarios.
  • Navigate key resources, such as CAMEO, CHEMM, REMM, TOXNET and WISER for emergency response .
  • Utilize resources in an integrated and effective way in order to address real-time hazardous materials and radiological event information needs for various scenarios and as a planning tool.


  • Introduction and overview of resource identification
    • Hazard and toxicity information sources, including sources and tools for selection of exposure guidelines
  • Introduction and background to free IH applications and software
    • Chemical Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)
    • Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER®)
    • Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO®)
    • Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
    • Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®)
  • Overview and demonstration of REMM – a scenario-based demonstration
  • Overview and demonstration of CHEMM, WISER – as scenario-based demonstrations
  • Facilitated breakout session
    • Utilizing CAMEO, TOXNET, and WISER for scenario-based simulations.
    • Presenters will provide hands-on instruction
  • Discussion – breakout groups will report and discuss scenario results
  • Participants provide feedback on the applications and suggested improvements

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum

Sponsoring Committee:
Risk Assessment

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download