Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:41:22 -0600
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From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Mass Decon
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I'd also suggest you contact your local Fire Department, perhaps the HAZMAT team (I would assume Garland, TX has one).  You might also consult the HAZMAT folks at Dallas Fire Rescue.  Local knowledge available to them under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA)program might also alert you to particular hazards in your local area which might influence what you stock.  Preparing some likely scenarios for what types of exposures you could likely encounter and approximatley howmany victims you might have to decon will also help you decide what to stock.  In general, in AHLS and elsewhere we teach that all responsesare local for the first at least 12-24 hours before State and federal resources can be mobilized, depending on the type and extent of a disaster.
There are some no-cost documents called the EMGs (Emergency Medical Guidelines) available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and a general guide to decon and other management: that might be of interest to you.  I had a hand in peer reviewing them some years ago.
Best of luck,
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Medical Toxicologist

Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:14:03 -0400
From: amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COMTo: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU

Mr. Hall, 

Thank you for all your suggestions! I have been to training in Anniston and it was great! I am going back for the HOT class in January. I will look into TEEX, it sounds great. Basically, I was just trying to get someideas on what kind of supplies we might need for the trailer. I have neverbeen involved in a mass decon, nor has anyone from our department. We have the basics: disposable clothing, one use towels, bags for personal items, colored wrist bands for the decon line. We still have some funds left in our grant and I know there are supplies I have not thought about yet.Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:06:12 -0600
From: ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Mass Decon

For your equipment, please be sureit conforms to the ANSI/ISEA 113 Standard. (American National Standard forFixed and Portable Decontamination Shower Units)
There willsoon be available an online Basic HAZMAT Life Support course(BHLS) offered through the same group that provides the Advanced HAZMAT Life Support course (AHLS);
You can also get some very good information and assistance through your regional Poison Center, the North Texas Regional Poison Center located at Parkland Hospital in Dallas; just open any phone book and the 800 number there will automatically connect you to them (provided federal budget cuts haven't yet destroyed the national phone network).
Excellent training can be obtained from the FEMA/DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.  Go through your State DHS coordinator or get back to me for some other contacts.  Also, TEEX in College Station, TX (Associated with Texas A&M University) has some really great training programs in just about everything disasters -- to my mind, the finest training center for all types of disasters I've yet seen.  Google it andtalk to a guy named Gordon Lohmier if he's still running some of them.
As an Ol' Texas boy who used to practice and teach Emergency Medicine over to the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and was a USAFR Flight Surgeon at what used to be Carswell AFB when we exercised the entiremilitary-civilian mass casualty program and still does a bit of Forensic Toxicology teaching over at Weatherford College in Weatherford, I'd be happy to assist you.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
President and Chief Medical Toxicologist
Toxicology Consulting and Medical TranslatingServices, Inc.
Laramie, WY
Clinical Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado-Denver 
Senior Advisor
Forensic Science
Weatherford College
Weatherford, TX 

Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:43:06 -0400
From: amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COMTo: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU

Our department just received a mobile mass decontamination trailer. I work at a city health department and we respond to any HAZMAT or WMD emergencies in North East Texas. Besides the users manual therereally are no set guidelines for how to mass decontaminate a crowd.  Has anyone every used a mass decon trailer or been in a situation where  a mass decon has taken place? We are going to set up a scenario in a few months to test it out but until then I would appreciate any ideas or helpful information on mass decontamination


Amber Potts
Health Department
Garland, Texas

Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:21:11 +0000
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] USA Today Article on University Lab Safety

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