|NorCalBT.com, northern California's Bioterrorism / Disaster
Preparedness web site, was developed in
2004 by Visual Imagry to provide the 13
rural health departments within the Office
of Emergency Services (OES) Mutual Aid
Region III (CA) interactive tools to build
an extensive network for bioterrorism /
disaster planning, preparing, training,
communicating and responding to any public
health threat or emergency.
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NorCalBT.com web site operates separately and
independently of any other county web site.
13 counties that comprise California’s
Region III include: Butte, Colusa, Glenn,
Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou,
Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties.
removes the barriers of time and distance
between county public health professionals.
It strengthens the communications and information
technology systems critical to effectively
respond to an emergency or disaster that
could impact the 750,000 residents that live
within the Region’s 34,361 square miles.
2004 Press Release | September
2004 Press Release
In late March of 2004 Visual Imagry, Inc. / VI Planning was selected
to create, design and develop the Bioterrorism Web Site for the 13 California
counties in Region III.
Beaugez, MA, President of Visual Imagry,
Inc. / VI Planning, coordinated the project
and developed and designed the Common/Public
and County sections. Donald Beaugez, Chief
Executive Officer and Product Architect for
the company, designed and developed the Secure
Section of NorCalBT.com.
Web Site Design and Implementation
Link to Press Release about
NorCalBT.com network ensures that critical
functions, such as response coordination,
information access, distance learning, training,
and secure communications are in place and
fully functional. The web site also provides
the ability to disseminate information to
residents through Press Releases and Public
The NorCalBT.com web
site is divided into three distinct sections
based on functionality, audience and access.
The Common Section /Public Section contains information viewable to anyone
with Internet access. The areas include disaster preparedness information,
Homeland Security alerts, reporting guidelines, links to county-specific
areas within the site, and a comprehensive list of state and national
The County-Specific Public Section allows easy public access to county-specific
Bioterrorism / Disaster Preparedness Information supported by Region
III county public health bioterrorism programs.
Access Area Section
The Controlled Access
Area Section, a secure section of the web
site (ADMIN NorCalBT.com), is accessible
only to Bioterrorism / Disaster Coordinators
and other designated public health professionals.
Controlled Access Area requires a secure
login and provides tools for creating secure
contacts, calendar events, links, library
items and Press Releases and/or Public Health
Updates. Event calendars, links and library
items can be generated and posted to the
Public Section or the Secure Controlled Access
Area Section. All Press Releases and/or Public
Health Updates are posted directly to the
Controlled Access Area is developed using a
database that contains the key contacts, links,
library items and resource data. Within ADMIN
NorCalBT.com, authorized users can store, maintain,
locate and view: events, links to Internet
sites, documents, secure contacts, Press Releases
and Public Health Updates.
secure application is key for the sharing sensitive
data and collaboration between local public
health agencies. Information can be shared
among authorized secure users and, when appropriate,
with the public.
county has its own controlled-access Secure
Forum and they can also participate in a Secure
Regional Forum and create topics within the
Regional Forum. These Forums allow authorized
users to initiate and participate in discussions,
start new topic areas and publish working documents
and links for peer review and comment.
Imagry Inc. also developed an Epidemiology
Section of the web site for epidemiologists
within Region III. Within this Section epidemiologists
and authorized users can store, maintain, locate
and view: events, links to Internet sites,
documents, secure contacts, public health updates
and press releases. They can participate in
County and Regional Forums, as well as post
information that can be shared by the authorized
users within the Bioterrorism Section.
the most significant outcome of this experience
was the participation, collaboration and
creativity demonstrated by the exceptional
Region III Bioterrorism / Disaster Coordinators,
their supporting public health departments
and agencies, and other community and professional
agencies. Together, they contributed articles,
links, data, and content suggestions included
within the site.
You are invited to
visit www.norcalbt.com to
explore the user-friendly construction
of this public health site. Experience
its scope and diversity of local data and
links to important county, regional, state
and federal resources.
more information about NorCalBT.com contact:
Beaugez, MA, President / Chief Operating
Officer, Visual Imagry, Inc. (425) 881-1945
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