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Erie County Hazard Mitigation Plan

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To Erie County’s Stakeholder Community:

Hello! As you know, Erie County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP will analyze the hazards faced by the county and its municipalities, residents, and businesses, and will identify a strategy for minimizing the vulnerability to these hazards. You may remember being invited to the Planning Partnership Kickoff webinars that were held on November 18 and 19, 2020. You can find out more about the HMP and the planning process here: https://www.eriecountynyhmp.com/.

I would like to invite you to provide more input into the planning process. We have developed a short survey about the county and the risks it faces. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey and otherwise participate in this important endeavor. The survey can be found here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ErieCountyStakeholder

We would appreciate it if you would complete the survey by January 29, 2021.

Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you very much!

Have a great day!

Melissa Calhoun

Erie County Special Assistant to Emergency Services

COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Information

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Dear EMS Community,

The UBMD Emergency Medicine EMS Division has been fielding numerous inquiries as to how providers are scheduled to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

The method by which providers are scheduled for the second dose is site dependent.  Some sites are scheduling at the time of the initial vaccine administration while other sites are reaching out to the individuals closer to the time when the second dose should be administered.  Unfortunately, the UBMD EMS Division is not able to assist with this process other than information sharing.

During last night’s briefing with the Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems, Director Ryan Greenberg mentioned the agency contact only (not individual providers) should email him if providers do not have scheduled appointments 3-4 days prior to when they should be receiving the second dose. For reference, those who received the Pfizer vaccine should receive the second dose 21 days after the first dose; those who received Moderna would be 28 days after the first dose.

Should you feel that you need to contact Director Greenberg and do not have his contact information, please reach out to the UBMD EMS Division (ubmdems@buffalo.edu) and we can provide the director’s email.

We hope this communication helps clarify some of the confusion.

REVISED NOTICE with link: EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Conference Call

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At 17:30 today, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems is hosting an EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing to discuss the Vaccination Plan for EMS Providers (see registration link below).

If you are planning to attend the EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing on the Vaccination Plan for EMS Providers TODAY at 17:30 and have a question, please complete the online form (https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid-19-response-ems-agency) before 15:00 today so your question will be ready.

Please remember to register for the meeting:

Event number: 178 139 8904
Event password: 2021RESPONSE

Program: COVID-19 EMS Agency Update
Program address: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?PRID=a4f8f0b98ae2c467c4f50714977b0c26
Program registration password: The program has no registration password

Thank you for all that you do!

EMS STRONG!

Peter L. Brodie, BS, AEMT
Deputy Chief, Data and Informatics Unit
EMS Data Manager
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems

New York State Department of Health
875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206

Updated Guidance for EMS to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination (1.1.21)

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Policy 20-09: “Guidance for EMS Personnel to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination”.  This has some information listed in 20-08 and has several sections added or updated.

20-09 Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Personnel to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination Updated 01.01.21

Some highlights of policy 20-09:
• New vaccination sites starting week of January 3rd (additional lists to come out as sites become available)
• Additional information on scheduling EMS Providers
• Prioritization and qualification of staff for the vaccine
• Vaccination of EMS Providers under the age of 18
• Vaccination of EMS providers who had a positive test for COVID 19
• Vaccination of EMS providers who receive quarantine orders
• Documentation of proof of EMS affiliation required at vaccination site
• Reporting method if issues at vaccination site
• Post vaccination requirements related to quarantine and/or travel guidance
• Collection of Insurance Information
• EMS Providers as vaccinators

If you any questions please e-mail COVIDemsinfo@health.ny.gov at any time.

We will be working on regular communication related to vaccination of EMS providers. Please send in questions, comments and/or suggestions and we will work to responses to future guidance documents or on regular Statewide EMS Leadership conference calls.

Happy New Year! Here is to a wonderful 2021!

Ryan

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Ryan P. Greenberg
Director
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems

New York State Department of Health
875 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12206

Important! EMS Contacts and Communications

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On behalf of the entire team of EMS physicians and administrative staff at the UBMD Emergency Medicine EMS Division, we would like to wish everyone a happy New Year!

We are sending a quick reminder for all EMS officers and key contacts to review and update their agency information in the UBMD EMS Portal.  As the primary interface for EMS officials and medical directors, it is very important to ensure the Portal represents accurate contact information.  Particularly, as the COVID vaccine is rolled out, there is sensitive information which we have been directed to disseminate ONLY to EMS contacts.  Therefore, we export contact information from the Portal and do not share via this platform.

Also, we ask EMS leaders to encourage ALL of their providers to register with this communication forum.  Doing so will help ensure timely delivery of training and operational information.  Providers self-register on our website’s home page at: www.ubmdems.com

Lastly, the primary email account for the UBMD EMS Division is ubmdems@buffalo.edu .  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need to contact anyone from our office.

Let’s continue to be EMS Strong and work for a better 2021!

Vaccination Plan Briefing Today at 17:30

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At 17:30 today, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems is hosting an EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing to discuss the Vaccination Plan for EMS Providers and other EMS Operational discussion points. (see registration link below).

If you are planning to attend the EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing on the Vaccination Plan for EMS Providers and have a question, please complete the online form (https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid-19-response-ems-agency) before 14:00 on Wednesday so your question will be ready.

Please remember to register for the meeting:

Event number: 178 983 9745
Event password: COVID2020

Program: COVID-19 EMS Agency Update
Program address: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?PRID=a4f8f0b98ae2c467c4f50714977b0c26
Program registration password: The program has no registration password

Thank you for all that you do!

EMS STRONG!

Peter L. Brodie, BS, AEMT
Deputy Chief, Data and Informatics Unit
EMS Data Manager
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems

EMS Vaccination Plan Update Briefing Today

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At 17:00 today, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems is hosting an ad hoc EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing to discuss the Vaccination Plan for EMS Providers. (see registration link below).

If you are planning to attend the EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing on the Vaccination Plan for EMS Providers TODAY at 17:00 and have a question, please complete the online form (https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid-19-response-ems-agency) before 14:00 today so your question will be ready.

Please remember to register for the meeting:

Event number: 178 829 6791
Event password: WFvmQgNq458

Program: COVID-19 EMS Agency Update
Program address: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?PRID=a4f8f0b98ae2c467c4f50714977b0c26
Program registration password: The program has no registration password