NVERS Conducts the Region's First Medical Response and Surge Exercise

Posted Apr 18, 2024

On April 16, 2024 NVERS conducted the region’s first Medical Response and Surge Exercise (MRSE). This full-scale exercise simulated near-simultaneous acts of mass violence occurring in two (2) areas of the healthcare coalition region, resulting in a catastrophic patient surge at the region’s hospitals. Over 1,000 simulated patients were distributed to twenty-five (25) hospitals in the region across three (3) waves, prompting hospitals to conduct a thorough review of surge capabilities and an examination of the resources needed to support a large-scale patient surge.

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Region Exercises Chemical Emergency Surge Plan

Posted Oct 30, 2023

On October 17, 2023 and October 27, 2023 NVERS hosted offerings of the Regional Chemical Emergency Surge Tabletop Exercise (TTX). The exercises, held in the City of Charlottesville and Fairfax County, brought together participants representing hospitals, public health, emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials (HAZMAT), and law enforcement. Over sixty (60) players worked through a chlorine gas release and mass casualty scenario that drove examination of regional hospital surge, public messaging, patient distribution, resource requests, and decontamination capabilities.

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Dialysis Functional Exercise Preps Region for Winter Weather

Posted Oct 10, 2023

On October 4, 2023 NVERS hosted the region's sixth annual dialysis exercises. The event, attended by over forty (40) representatives of the region's dialysis providers and their local government partners, expanded play to the functional level for the first time. Participants spent the first half of the exercise in a tabletop format, examining preparedness actions in the hours prior to a winter storm impacting the region.

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Regional Hospital Decon Course Pilot at Reston Hospital

Posted Sep 20, 2023

On September 19, 2023 NVERS provided the pilot offering of a regionally developed hospital decontamination course. The four (4)-hour class was held at Reston Hospital Center and featured instructors from NVERS staff, Reston Hospital Center, and the Inova Health System. Adapted from nationally-recognized hospital decontamination training and standards, the class included classroom instruction on personal protective equipment, patient decontamination procedures, and establishment of an emergency treatment area outside of the hospital.

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NVERS and National Preparedness Month: A Roadmap for Seniors

Posted Sep 12, 2023

September marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign that underscores the importance of readiness and safety in the face of emergencies. This year’s theme of “Take Control in 1, 2, 3” is focused on empowering everyone, especially older adults to 1) assess their needs, 2) make a plan and 3) engage their support network to stay safe when disaster strikes.

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NVERS Among Pandemic Partners Honored by Fairfax County

Posted Feb 4, 2023

On February 4, 2023 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors issued a resolution recognizing the many partners that engaged in the COVID-19 Pandemic response. The resolution thanked the many volunteers, agencies, healthcare organizations, businesses, and others who worked to contain outbreaks, vaccinate against the virus, provide medical care, scale up critical infrastructure, and more. NVERS was recognized under the hospitals and healthcare category, along with our coalition partners at the Inova Health System, HCA Healthcare, and the Virginia Department of Health. 

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NVERS and DC Health and Medical Coalition Co-Host Radiation Surge Exercise

Posted Jan 10, 2023

On January 10, 2023 NVERS and the DC Health and Medical Coalition (DC HMC) co-hosted a joint Regional Radiation Emergency Surge TTX. The exercise was attended by 50 participants including representatives from hospitals, emergency medical services, public health, hazardous materials, and law enforcement. The scenario included the detonation of a radiation dispersal device (RDD) in Washington DC and the discovery of an undetonated RDD in Alexandria, Virginia.

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NOVA Localities Protected by Albert Cybersecurity Capability

Posted Jul 22, 2021

NVERS, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Northern Virginia Cybersecurity Working Group, has secured servers and Albert Network Monitoring service plans for eleven (11) Northern Virginia jurisdictions through Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funding.

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NVERS and NVHA Announce Merger

Posted Jun 22, 2021

On April 30, 2021, the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS) and Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance (NVHA) announced exciting news about the future of the two organizations. Thanks to the commitment and efforts of many regional partners, the two organizations have successfully coordinated, supported, and promoted a regional approach to preparedness, response, and recovery activities for the past two decades.

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Stafford County Connects to the National Capital Region Network (NCRnet)

Posted Jun 22, 2021

On June 1, 2021, Stafford County Government held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Stafford County’s connection to the National Capital Region Network (NCRnet). NCRnet is a fiber optic network built to establish a strong, safe, and effective way for community leaders and first responders to communicate and share critical information during regular operations and emergencies.

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