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H1N1: A Lesson for Healthcare Preparedness

The numerous mistakes misunderstandings and miscalculations made in preparing for the potential loss of perhaps millions of lives during the 2009 10 global pandemic that never happened do not represent a total loss Just the opposite in fact 8211 if a very big if political decision makers emergency managers and

Haiti 2010: When Disaster Is Compounded by Chaos & Confusion

Within minutes after news of the 12 January earthquake that devastated Haiti was reported to the outside world U S government agencies and numerous NGOs swung into action Here is a lessons learned report on how New York City 8217 s Mount Sinai Hospital accelerated its pre planning process the

Emergency Preparedness in Healthcare – 2010 & Beyond

Emergency planners political and budget decision makers and the general public are almost always more focused on preparing for last year 8217 s hurricane than they are concerned about this year 8217 s sudden earthquake or tsunami or 8211 much more likely 8211 long predicted pandemic Which is why common

Trauma & Burn Centers – Coping with MCI Disasters

Numerous mass casualty incidents have demonstrated the value of building and staffing a number of medical centers dealing primarily with trauma and burn patients But even those centers may not be able to care for all victims of a 8220 mega disaster 8221 such as the 9 11 terrorist attacks

Surge Prerequisites: Plans, Practices, Preparations

Doctors nurses and other healthcare providers are aware that surge capabilities have become increasingly important in dealing with mass casualty incidents But few really understand that many meanings are encompassed in that one word

Hospital Decontamination: Many Questions, But Few Answers

From 8220 two lane 8221 decon lanes to high tech detection equipment and personal protective gear most U S hospitals are behind the curve in preparing to deal with mass casualty decontamination incidents What can be done about it

Hospital Emergency Management: The Anatomy of Growth

Prior to 11 September 2001 the term 8220 emergency management 8221 was more an abstract theory than an operational mandate Today it is a full fledged profession particularly in hospitals 038 other medical facilities so must be factored into all major planning

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Article Out Loud – Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  Full article by Charles Guddemi and Catherine Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 3, 2024. In this featured article, the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s statewide interoperability coordinator and the editor of Domestic Preparedness highlight the key takeaways from a 2024 interoperability

Article Out Loud – Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

  Full article by Kay C. Goss and Catherine L. Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, two attendees of a Senate briefing on “The State of Emergency Management” discuss the assistance needs of emergency managers working behind the scenes to ensure

Article Out Loud – The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

  Full article by Heather Issvoran, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, the director of strategic communications for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security describes how homeland security education expanded after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to ensure that

Article Out Loud – April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations

  Full article by Laurel J. Radow, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, a member of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force shares an operational checklist for communities that will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Eclipse event

Article Out Loud – Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

  Full article by Heather McGaffin, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, the director of The Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC, provides a glimpse inside emergency communications centers and the strategic planning needed to ensure that someone is always there

Article Out Loud – Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio

Full article by Desiree Baccus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 6, 2024.In this featured article, a public relations committee member for the National Association for Amateur Radio describes how volunteers are transforming emergency preparedness with an inclusive, diverse movement of impactful community engagement. Talented operators nationwide prove

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