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Hospital Preparedness and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Categories: General, Preparedness, Response

Brigham and Women's Hospital

In the last eight years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has conducted 78 large scale emergency drills.  On the afternoon of April 15, immediately following the two bombs set off during the Boston marathon, it was time to put their well-practiced plans into action.

Helping Children Cope With a Disaster

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about.  They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them.  Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to ask a lot of questions so that they can better understand what has happened and therefore what they can do to protect themselves and their family.  Parents and other adults who care for children can do a lot to help them understand and cope.

Dobbins Air Reserve Base: Hurricane Katrina

Categories: General

Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Plane
 
The day after Hurricane Katrina hit, Sheri Russo got the call from the Cobb County Public Health Department that the National Medical Disaster System (NMDS) would be activated in Marietta, Georgia. As the field coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Sheri Russo covers seven counties in the Atlanta metro area.  She is the liaison between state and local government before, during, and after a disaster. When she got the call, she was told to be on alert and prepared to receive patients that would arrive from Louisiana to Atlanta via military transport.

Do 1 Thing: Get Involved

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

apartment complexBy Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program. Join us this month as we discuss how you can get involved and build a more resilient community.

The common belief is that in an emergency, the first people to respond will be the police, fire, and EMS crews. However, in a widespread disaster, first responders may be overwhelmed. It will be up to you and your community to work together, endure the situation, and return to some sense of normalcy.

On the Scene: Wildfire Communication in Colorado

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Response

By Nicole Hawk

An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage.  In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, which required the evacuation of a state prison, and the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, which became the most destructive in Colorado history. 

EvacuKids

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

EvacuKids

By Meredith Cherney

When you ask someone what the most important thing to have on hand for a hurricane is, the common answers include food, water, flashlights, batteries, or a radio.  As I read through my student surveys however, I found a different set of answers.  Lifejackets.  Boats.  Buckets.  Axes.

Growing up in New Orleans fosters a unique hurricane perspective.

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