Medical Needs Sheltering
This course introduces specific topics and outlines criteria related to the establishment of medical needs sheltering. The Medical Needs Sheltering course was originally developed for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) State Medical Needs Shelter (SMNS) team members as part of their annual training. The course provides an overview of policies and procedures related to how an SMNS operates, shelter staff roles and responsibilities, the types of residents admitted to the shelter, and existing SMNS resources in Mississippi. The course curriculum also addresses staff preparation, activation, deployment, demobilization, and other logistical considerations during an event.
- Describe a State Medical Needs Shelter (SMNS)
- Differentiate the duties and job responsibilities of staff members that make up a SMNS
- Understand how a SMNS operates during activation, facility setup, triage and admissions, and deactivation
- Identify the appropriate forms that are used in a SMNS
Latricia Ratcliffe, RN
Latricia Ratcliffe, RN, State Medical Needs Shelter Coordinator, with the MSDH (MSDH), Office of Emergency Planning and Response (OEPR), works in collaboration with partnering agencies and a team of staff to maintain a state of readiness of the Medical Needs Shelter Program. Latricia joined OEPR in January 2018 and continues to engage in improvement strategies for the SMNS program.
- 1.50 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.50 hour(s) of credit for completing Medical Needs Sheltering
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