An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
Effective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios than others. This first-hand account describes what it was like for one participant inside a hospital training facility.
Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.
Erin Valentine is an emergency manager at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a 700-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore which houses the nation’s first shock trauma center. She spent the first decade of her career at the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) and went on to support the Social Security Administration as a Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government specialist. She then spent five years as a business continuity and IT disaster recovery consultant for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She transitioned to healthcare emergency management in February 2020 and lead the hospital incident command team’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. She is studying for a master’s degree in Emergency Management at Clemson University and is certified by FEMA as a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and Professional Continuity Practitioner (PCP). She is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and is the president of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals.