IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise: Violence in Healthcare: Nov. 8

Time: 9:00 AM


Virtual - 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


The registration fee is based on the hospital's number of authorized beds

 Number of Authorized Beds

 Registration Fee

 0-99 beds*


 100-399 beds


 400+ beds


Team Discount: Please contact us for discount pricing for health systems or coalitions.

* This program is supported for Critical Access Hospitals by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

This program is supported for Region 10 Coalition hospitals by the Hospital Preparedness Program grant through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

See our flyer to learn more.

Register Online

Healthcare workers across the U.S. have reported experiencing violent incidents on the job in increasing numbers over the past few years. To address this troubling trend, this year’s IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise will focus on enhancing healthcare worker safety by simulating a bomb threat and assessing your organization’s response. The exercise will test your staff’s operational readiness, their knowledge and understanding of emergency preparedness roles and responsibilities, and the effectiveness of the hospital’s emergency management plans. Staff spanning your facility will have a role in the exercise, including those in medical surge, family reunification and incident recovery.

Join IHA for this first statewide exercise following the pandemic. This interactive webinar will assist IHA members in strengthening their preparedness plans and procedures before any violent situation arises.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the organizational processes and actions involved throughout a workplace violence event.

  • Review the organization’s ability to evaluate and care for an increased volume of patients exceeding its normal operating capacity.

  • Assess the organization’s ability to develop, coordinate, and disseminate information, alerts, warnings, and notifications to the public and incident management responders.

  • Examine the organization’s evacuation processes, resources and decision-making during an incident requiring emergency movement of patients.

  • Evaluate the organization’s family reunification preparedness and response activities resulting from an emergency.

  • Assess the organization’s ability to manage the recovery of operations in the aftermath of an emergency.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for staff responsible for emergency preparedness and safety programs within the hospital, which may include:

  • Clinical Nursing

  • Chaplain

  • Emergency Department

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Facilities/Engineering

  • Hospital Operations

  • Information Technology

  • Media Relations

  • Risk Management

  • Security

  • Incident Command Team


Keneatha Johnson, MPH
IHA Senior Director, Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Johnson has extensive experience over more than 12 years in public and private health and compliance environments. Her responsibilities at IHA include supervising preparedness activities at the state level. Johnson has recently played a crucial role in co-leading the IHA’s pandemic response while managing over $10 million in federal grant funding through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response. She excels at leading small teams that support healthcare preparedness efforts at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Stephen Weiler MS, MEP, CPP, CPD
Manager of Resiliency Services, Risk, Consulting and Training, HSS, Inc.
Weiler leads the Active Shooter/Threat and Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM®) programs, conducts security risk assessments, designs and delivers exercises compliant with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, and advises clients on business continuity. Prior to working with HSS, Weiler spent over 28 years as a law enforcement professional. He was integral in coordinating his organization’s response activities to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and H1N1, preparation for NATO 2012, and numerous regional incident management activities. In addition to these law enforcement duties, Weiler served on the Cook County Community Health Advisory Council, led a multi-jurisdictional public health prophylaxis dispensing program, was a member of a multi-jurisdictional task force preparing communities for active shooter incidents, and trained thousands of public and private sector personnel on the Incident Command System used by public agencies to manage emergencies.