Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives
When: Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, 6:30PM - 9:00PM


Speakers will address the growing number of suicides and attempts in children (some as young as 8), emergency care techniques to deal with children in crisis, and the options available to care providers who encounter families with these challenges. A parent will also speak on her experience with her son's suicide.

Continuing education credit will be available for EMS, physicians, nurses and advanced practice providers through Children's Minnesota hospital. This process has been refined based on feedback during our last symposium. If you already have a Children's account, registration is quick and easy--just log in, click and you're registered. And if you need to create an account, that process has been streamlined to make it a one-stop experience for you too. See the attached instructions for tips to make the process simple.

Remember too that creating a Children's education account gives you access to all other CE on the site as well.

Thank you for all you do, and please contact me if I can help you.

Vicki Petersen, CCP

EMS for Children Coordinator

Bureau of Emergency Medical and Trauma Services

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

m. 515-229-6213