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    workforce (Wilson, Whitaker, & Whitford, 2012). Because of their unique position and sheer numbers, they are often on the front lines of disaster response and are well placed to aid in disaster planning. According to Merriam-Webster.com, a disaster is defined as unexpected event (such as a flood, tornado, fire, disease outbreak, plane crash, etc.) that happens abruptly and causes much suffering or loss to many people (2015). It is in this type situation, where the needs of the group being cared for are greater than their resources, when the skills, creativity and critical thinking of nurses are of extreme value. In this paper we will explore the different…

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    During stable conditions and non-disaster operations, individuals in the emergency management community must focus their efforts on finding ways to keep communities safe and secure. Doing so requires a commitment from emergency managers and local leaders to increase emergency preparedness and community resiliency. The purpose of this paper is to analyze Holderness, New Hampshire’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) by evaluating its components, strengths and weaknesses, and offering recommendations…

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    The Planning Cycle

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    the community can edify itself on the importance of writings and words of practitioners and scholars alike. There are exercises that can help the community to get a better understanding of the realities of response through drills, tabletop exercises, functional exercise, and full-scale exercise. By engaging in these activities, one is able to identify any shortfalls or failures that may exist in planning, training, organization, or equipment (pp. 105). The planning cycle would not be complete…

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    Information Management and Information Technology in an MCI or Disaster Serious emergencies, disasters and crises have become increasingly frequent in the recent years. In the past several decades, natural and man-made disasters have taken over 3 million innocent lives and badly affected millions more. When a disaster strikes, many lives may be saved by emergency crisis response. In fact, mass-casualty incident and disaster response is considered to be one of the biggest challenges for an…

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    The training indicated for hospital first receivers depends on the individuals' roles and functions, the zones in which they work, and the likelihood that they will encounter contaminated victims. The following levels of training are directed toward specific employee roles and responsibilities, methods used to recognize specific types of emergencies and information and…

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    or intangible sense. In the public health sector, we can define resilience as using available adaptive resources to be able to have a positive path of operation after a disaster or other interruption in one’s life (Norris et al., 2007). It is a process wherein the person or community has the appropriate number and types of resources to return to a state of wellness and ability to function as they need to (Norris et al., 2007). Resilience can involve…

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    Dilemma to activate the reader’s critical judgement skills. In the next chapter, Edmonds immediately shifts focus to the main question at hand: Would You Kill the Fat Man? To summarize the ethical dilemma, which Edmonds refers to as the “spur,” is about an oncoming train that will either kill five individuals who are tied down, or one single man who is tied to a diverted track. The question is whether to let those five people die, or kill the singular man instead. This ethical problem was…

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    Both events showed the importance of mitigation actions, preparedness to response, and the implementation of incident management systems. They also showed that the magnitude of a disaster whether it is a man made or natural can be unimaginable with the worst consequences for humans, goods, properties and the environment. The Hurricane Katrina effects led to its calling as a mega disaster or the costliest natural disaster in American history. In disaster prone areas like in New Orleans, emergency…

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    Emergency management is the managerial function that creates the framework for communities to develop strategies to reduce hazards and manage the aftermath. There are four phases by which emergency management manages disasters and they are mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Emergency management is effective when the community, local, state, and federal government act responsibly by actively engaging in the activities to minimize or eliminate destruction. Mitigation is the process…

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    Yuma, Arizona has faced a wide array of disasters and emergencies over the years. It is the responsibility of all organizations to develop a plan to incorporate all facets of emergency management in the protection of the community. The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is part of this framework and is based on preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. Within the EOP, the communication plan must be foundationally strong for the overall success of the…

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