May 3, 2022 Membership Meeting

Join us for our membership meeting May 3:


May 3 SCWIHERC Membership Meeting Notes


Passcode: refer to email from May 3 or ask Jennifer

Reminder that COVID AAR survey is due May 27, see email sent April 23 for more info and link to survey.

Upcoming Trainings and Information:

CourseLocationDateLink if available
MGT-341; Dis. Preparedness Hosp/HC  Spooner  October (TEEX still determining exact date)   
MGT-341; Dis. Preparedness Hosp/HC  Fox Valley Tech T.C.  July 26-27
CHEC – Basic & Advanced  Wausau  May 17-19  Contact HERC coordinator
CISM – Group  Columbia Sheriff Office  June 17-18  Contact HERC coordinator
AWR-331; Winter Weather  Lincoln County  27-Sep
AWR-232; Mass Fatalities Planning  Oneida County Sheriff  29-Jun   
AWR-326; Tornado Awareness  Lake Delton  17-May
MGT-439; Pediatric Disaster ResponseMilwaukeeMay 5 – 6Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness | TEEX.ORG

SCWIHERC Exercises

-Burn Surge TTX Due June 30 – Scheduled for NEXT SCWIHERC MEETING (Date TBD soon)

-Medical Response Surge Exercise – Replaces Coalition Surge Test.  Likely this summer.  Tie into DARES scenario?

-Pediatric Surge TTX – As part of MRSE exercise/scenario?

Annual Plans Review:

After plans are reviewed and updated, Docusign process, same as last year.  Goal to send out at beginning of June, signatures due by June 30.


Is a mess, please continue to send your registered student information, please be patient and standby!  Student will receive an email when successfully enrolled and course is accessible.

SALT Triage First Receiver Train the Trainer

Resuming this project after COVID delay. Three facets of training/maintaining staff proficiency:

  1. SALT Triage First Receiver video, which should be viewed by anyone in your organization who might be put to the task of triage in the event that you have an MCI in your community that would result in self-presenting patients. Link:
  2. Train the Trainer sessions for our Champions to review the concepts and receive training on our SALT ribbon bags, see emailed out April 27.  We will distribute the ribbon bags for your facility to your Champion at these trainings.
  3. Your Champions bring their training and ribbon bags back to your facility, where they train your other staff on these SALT triage concepts, and how to use the ribbon bags, and maintain a regular competency program for your new hires and as part of annual training for current staff.

Lessons Learned and Best Practices from COVID-19 and other real events:

How are we remaining nimble for future variants/surge/vaccination/testing?

Hospitals: creation of a high consequence infectious disease plan/annex at the hospital level that details information regarding medical countermeasures, Strategic National Stockpile, volunteer management (including WEAVR), ASPR pandemic preparedness checklist (, PPE burn rate calculator (, Acute Hospital Care at Home (see COVID-19 email update sent April 1), other healthcare at home initiatives.  Integrating COVID population back into hospital units (in negative pressure rooms) to free up COVID units but maintain them for additional surge readiness.

Local Health Departments: maintaining capacity for contact tracing, testing, and vaccination, cross training staff on all so they can meet current needs. Maintaining testing capacity with state contracts and private testing vendors.  Continue to meet with healthcare partners to maintain readiness.

Other Healthcare providers: continuing to practice good infection control practices including masking per CDC guidelines (, working with local pharmacies to maintain testing and vaccination capacity

What else are we working on? Workplace violence training/escaping violent encounters, missing persons drills, hospital evacuation training, streamlining plain language alerts (getting away from code colors).  Public health also working on responding to higher rates of other communicable diseases, boosting childhood vaccination rates that have suffered during pandemic by promoting Vaccines for Children providers/enrollment, lead screening, home visits, starting WIC in person again.

We could do better on EMResource response rates, especially for MCI events.  Response to these alerts breaks down based on a number of factors, including staff turnover and not being able to keep up with training, how alerts are received, alert fatigue, being able to tell from an alert if something is informational only or requires action.  Will take back to discuss further at state level. EMResource resources are available in SCWIHERC shared drive -> EMResource.  Additional information and resources: Reach out to Jennifer to troubleshoot/verify alerts/facilitate training.

Brian Kaczmarski, Statewide HERC Coordinator, gave a presentation on the state and regional High Consequence Infectious Disease Plans.  The current version of these plans as well as the slides from the presentation are available in the shared drive.  A resource mentioned during the presentation is the Dane County EMS Primer on Infectious Disease:

We then transitioned into a tabletop exercise/discussion on a High Consequence Infectious Disease scenario.  The Situation Manual for this exercise is available in the SCWIHERC shared drive ->Exercise Templates. 

Meeting Attendance:

Josh Kowalke- Reedsburg Ambulance

Emily Kosterman- Waupun Memorial

Jeff Kindrai- Grant County Health Dept

Jodi Moyer- Beloit Memorial

Lynn Skatrud- Green County Health Dept

Elizabeth Chilsen- Jefferson County Health Dept

Lisa Herritz- Ho Chunk Nation Health

Andy Koehler- Fort Health Care

Angie Cohen- Grant Regional

Sam LaMuro- Fort Health Care

Jodie Molitor- Sauk County Health Dept

Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health

Lyle Kratochwill- Richland Hospital

Jennylynde Packham- UW Health Rehab

Sarah Jensen- Marquette County Health Dept

Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel

Sarah Van Hoof- UW Health

Jessie Phalen- Sauk County Health Dept

Dave Kitkowski- SSM Health St. Clare Baraboo

Nikki Ripp- Adams County Health Dept

Tanna McKeon- Green County EM

Kara Takes- Unified Therapy

Michael Guss- Walworth County Health Dept

Dave Larson- Madison VA

Mike Stephens- UW Health

Lori Mertens Pelleteri- SSM Health

Brenda Totzke- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County

Mary Bender

Kelly Mitchell- UW Health

Ken Van Horn- Public Health Madison and Dane County

Carmen Carpenter- Iowa County Health Dept

Steve Haskell- UW Health

Aurielle Smith- SCWIHERC and PHMDC

Victoria Parker- Watertown Health Dept

Katie Budack- Grant Regional

Michael Niles- Rock County Health Dept

Kurt Hoeper- Upland Hills Health

Julie Gorman- Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Karen Sell- Prairie Ridge Health Columbus

Tammy Kingery- Gundersen Moundview

Jane Lentz-Gervais- Adams County EM

Brianna Juszczak- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Heidi Finucan- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Diana Quinn- SSM Health

Donna Haugom- Jefferson County Emergency Management

Julie Leibfried- Lafayette County Health Dept

Samroz Jakvani- Jefferson County Health Dept

Brian Kaczmarski- WI HERCs

Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC