Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Essay examples

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Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response
Crystal Lusk
Walden University
Family, Community, and Population-Based Care
March 19, 2014
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response
A disaster is an event that is a natural or man-made occurrence that can disrupt or destroy the lives of those it affects (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014). Management of a disaster includes four phases; prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014). Hawaii’s isolation in the pacific lends itself to the possibility of many disasters from; floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, pandemics, and volcano eruptions (Schaefers, 2014). The purpose of this paper is to study emergency preparedness and response to
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The best way for the PHN to be prepared for an emergency is to participate collaboratively with community resources including local hospitals, health care centers, and state disaster teams. Training on specialized teams such as; Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), Medial Reserve Corps (MRC), and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) provide opportunities for the nurse to prepare themselves for a disaster (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014). Training for disaster preparedness increases the likelihood that friends, family and neighbors will be ready and resilient ("HMRC," 2014).
In regards to flooding in Hawaii, nurses can educate the public in ways to avoid injury and death during a flood. Teaching the safest route to high ground, what emergency materials they should have on hand, and not to drive through a flooded area ("DEM: flash flood," n.d.). The PHN uses clinical decision making skills during a disaster such as; knowing the disaster plans for their community, assisting in triage of injured, preventing further injury to volunteers trying to help, and collaborating with local agencies (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014).
Nursing Strategies
Hawaii’s location in the Pacific Ocean requires that we be self-reliant, quick to recover, and quick to respond ("HMRC," 2014). One best practice is to assist the community in preparing for an emergency. Education on what needs to be in a 7-day disaster kit is

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