CASE EXERCISE OVERVIEW                                                                                 

Title: Pandemic Influenza Exercise and Simulation for FQHCs
Author: Amelia A. Muccio, MPA
Author Contact Info : NJ Primary Care Assoc., 3836 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton NJ 08619; (609) 689-9930 x 26;
Date: November 2007
Target Audience: Interdisciplinary
Time Required: 3 hours
Format: Tabletop
Copyrighted Original Case: NO
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Publisher/Source: NJ-PTC


  • Disease outbreak: pandemic flu


  • Describe the role of PPE in self-protection.
  • Describe one's professional roles, functions and responsibilities in CBRNE and other public health situations (i.e. one's personal role in this system/NIMS/NRP).
  • Define the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Plan (NRP) and describe their general structure and components. (ICS 100 or equivalent)
  • Describe the concept of an all-hazards approach to preparedness.
  • Define medical triage and discuss situations where its use is appropriate.
  • Identify suspect and confirmed disease, conditions and events that are legally reportable, how to report and one's role.
  • Describe one's role in the local, community and statewide public health emergency response system.
  • Describe/list common psychological responses to a disaster (i.e. confusion, fear, grief).
  • Value self-care and stress management.
  • Recognize reactions common to caregivers (self and colleagues) during a public health emergency/CBRNE event.
  • Describe and analyze ethical conflicts between professional and personal responsibilities.
  • Appropriately implement components of the preparedness plan in a timely fashion.
  • Critique and evaluate components of the response plan, including one's individual role.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of individual cases and the characteristics of epidemics that can help one distinguish between a potential bioterrorism attack and natural disease phenomena (i.e. signs/symptoms, number of case, temporality, etc).
  • Identify community mental health response to a CBRNE/pubic health emergency (single, multiple or ongoing event).
  • Define trauma, traumatic events and reactions to these events (including grief and loss), as well as strategies to mitigate their effects.
  • Identify a strategy (or strategies) to respond to media inquiries during a public health emergency.
  • Discuss the importance of medication prophylaxis for the safety of both responders and victims involved in a CBRNE incident.
  • Activate appropriate mitigation activities to lessen the impact of a potential/actual emergency.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in activities that can lessen the impact of a CBRNE emergency (i.e. vaccination, prophylaxis and public education/outreach).
  • Formulate a plan to control the release of information, where appropriate.

  • NIMS: Accountability
  • NIMS: Flexibility/Adaptability
  • NIMS: Standardization
  • NIMS: Unification
  • ICS: Command & Management
  • ICS: Facility Management
  • ICS: Incident Action Planning
  • ICS: Information & Communications Management
  • ICS: Modular Organization
  • ICS: Resource Management
  • NRP: All-Hazards Preparedness
  • NRP: Generation of Corrective Action Plans/AARs/LLs
  • NRP: Incident Management at Lowest Possible Level
  • NRP: Mutual Aid Agreements
  • NRP: Preparation
  • NRP: Recovery & Mitigation
  • NRP: Response

  • Epidemiological Surveillance and Investigation
  • Fatality Management
  • Isolation and Quarantine
  • Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, and Related Services)
  • Mass Prophylaxis
  • Medical Supplies Management and Distribution
  • Medical Surge
  • Onsite Incident Management
  • Planning
  • Responder Safety and Health