Zika Virus Disease and Severe Weather Preparedness Webinar
Original Webinar Date June 7, 2016 Postponed to June 14, 2016, 2pm
About the Webinar
Join us for a FREE webinar discussing two major preparedness topics: Zika Virus Disease and Severe Weather. The Zika Virus is a primarily mosquito-borne illness that causes fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects. Because Zika is primarily an insect-borne illness, there are a number of steps homecare agencies and their patients can take to help prevent the spread of the disease.
This Hurricane Season, occurring from June 1 through November 30, 2016, has been projected to be the most active since 2012. Forecasts include eight hurricanes, three major, during the coming season. We will outline hurricane preparedness and discuss how homecare agencies and their patients can get ready for the upcoming storm season.
About the Speaker
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
Joseph (Jay) Annelli is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Office of Preparedness & Response. As Special Projects Coordinator, Jay is responsible for a wide variety of tasks in the office, including issues relating to crisis standards of care, power, call centers and legislation. In addition, Jay manages the DHMH Extreme Heat and Extreme Cold plans, the DHMH Ebola Call Center and is the project lead for the Department's grant with the Maryland National Capital Home Care Association.
Jay was a volunteer Firefighter and EMT-B operating in the State of Maryland for twelve years. During that time he spent two years working for a private ambulance company that specialized in transporting special medical needs patients to facilities across the Baltimore region. He has participated in numerous exercises and events in Maryland, both as an EMT and Emergency Manager, including the 2015 Baltimore City Demonstrations, Hurricane Sandy and providing EMS support for the 2006 Lebanese Repatriation Effort.