Emergency Response: Disaster in Franklin County Essay
Western Governor’s University
Role of the Major Public Health Personnel
In the event of a disaster, the community relies upon the public health personnel to evaluate the needs of the community, assess the available resources, provide reliable information, and coordinate health activities. It is essential that local health workers are trained professionals who are reassuring and organized to address health, social, cultural and material concerns of the community. Local health personnel coordinate social services, transportation, available health services, volunteers, outside assistance, public utilities and rescue work (HELP, 1989). The public health nurse is …show more content…
Door-to-Door Actions Taken During the course of the door-to-door interviews, the nurse encountered several possible emergency situations. One of the residents, Mr. Fugate, requires daily blood pressure medications and was out of the medication. The nurse was able to assess that his blood pressure was currently in a normal range. However, Mr. Fugate would require close monitoring until the prescription could be obtained. The nurse was able to refer the resident to a local shelter where he could be closely monitored and receive emergency care if needed (Disaster in Franklin County, 2006).
Mr. Westlund was concerned about having toxic chemicals in his shed that had been damaged. He also had flooding in his basement. The public health nurse was able to make a call to the environmental health specialist to have the HAZMAT team dispatched for potential hazard waste clean up and to provide Mr. Westlund with information for post-flood cleanup of his basement (Disaster in Franklin County, 2006).
There was concern within the Alvarez household that a generator was not being properly ventilated during use. Although Mrs. Alvarez did not speak English, the nurse was able to