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CEPAR Symposium: Active Shooter Incidents in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings

CEPAR will sponsor a free day-long symposium at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD. April 11, 2014

The event is now booked out.

Speakers and invited guests include:

Gabor D. Kelen, M.D., Professor and Chair, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine; Director, CEPAR

Christina Catlett, M.D., Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine; Associate Director, CEPAR

Matt Levy, D.O.,  Assistan Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine; Senior Medical Officer with the Johns Hopkins Center for Law Enforcement Medicine.

Erick Goralnick, M.D., Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Keith Hill, Vice President of Corporate Security, Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University

George Economas, Senior Director of Security, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution

Howard Gwon, M.S., CHEC, Senior Director, Office of Emergency Management, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Richard Zane, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics; and Director, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Catherine A. Marco, M.D., FACEP Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Injury Research Center, Medical College of Wisconsin

James E. McNeil, Jr., CPP, Chief Security Officer, Mayo Clinic

This event is appropriate for doctors, nurses, hospital emergency planners, hospital security staff and law enforcement officials.


NOTE: This Event is Booked Out.

Try PACER's New Applications for Disaster Planning, Surge and Flu Forecasting

The Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) has developed a suite of web-based applications for disaster planning, surge events, and flu outrbreak forecasting. These are free for research and other appropriate purposes via the PACER web site. Users must register and set up an account first.

Visit the PACER Web site to register

See the PACER Apps brochure


CEPAR Provides Guidance for MERS Virus

MERS-CoV - Image Courtesy CDC

MERS-CoV Concerns CDC and Global Health Officials

CEPAR has developed health guidance to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which has been reported in Eupope, the Middle East and Tunisia, and resulted in more than 30 deaths. This guidance is primarily for Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students, especially those traveling to parts of the world where MERS has been confirmed. Read CEPAR's Guidance

State Issues Alert to Clinicians Regarding MERS and other Novel Respiratory Viruses

Letter includes table that summarizes illness, exposure, and testing criteria for MERS, H7N9, and H3N2. Read the Letter

CEPAR's Thomas D. Kirsch is First Recipient of Disaster Medicine Award

Thomas D. Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H., a Johns Hopkins emergency physician who was among key responders to the Sept. 11 attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the 2010 Haitian earthquake, is the inaugural recipient of a new national award for outstanding achievement and excellence in the field of disaster medicine.

The American College of Emergency Physicians selected Kirsch, who also is a deputy director at CEPAR and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as the first recipient of its Disaster Medical Sciences Award. It was presented Oct. 16 at ACEP's annual scientific assembly conference. Learn more

CEPAR: Leading Johns Hopkins in Preparedness and Response

Overseeing Institution-wide Planning and Response for Disasters and Public Health Threats

CEPAR oversees enterprise-wide planning and response to disasters or other emergencies that may effect the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins University systems. The CEPAR director is Gabe Kelen, M.D. (above right) and the executive director is Jim Scheulen, PA-C, MBA (above left).

During the H1N1 Flu Pandemic and other events CEPAR demonstrated its leadership abilities locally and nationally. Learn More

Education and Training Opportunities

CEPAR recommends a number of educational opportunities for disaster planning that will be available in the Baltimore area this spring and summer. See our list for full descriptions and registeration information. Learn More

Recommended Reading: Recognizing Students in Distress

In the wake of the tragedy in Newton, Conn. CEPAR enourages faculty and staff at all Johns Hopkins institutions to read and keep on hand the guidance compiled by the Johns Hopkins Counseling Center and others. Read the Guide

EMCAPS: Our Planning Tool for Major Disasters

Download EMCAPS Today

EMCAPS is a free software program for mass casualty planning and education, developed by CEPAR's research arm, PACER. A new version of EMCAPS, with improved visual dyanamics (as seen in image above), is in development and planned for release later this year.

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Learn More About PACER

The Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Critical Event Response is CEPAR's research arm. Funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, PACER is engaged in research projects which will improve national security and the response to major disasters. Learn More

Preparation Is Key for Academic Medical Center Deployment to Disasters

What CEPAR Learned from the Haiti Earthquake

CEPAR leaders involved with the deployment of the Johns Hopkins Go Team to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake have published a paper in World Health & Medical Policy about key decisions and planning that academic medical centers should do in advance of sending teams to disasters. Read the Abstract

Disaster Preparedness Training and Expertise

CEPAR has expertise available for:

  • Disaster training and response.
  • Organizing table-top excercises.
  • Consulting on emergency preparedeness and more.

Review the Catalogue