Disasters and Public Health Planning and Response

ISBN-10: 1856176126
ISBN-13: 9781856176125
Edition: 2009
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Description: From the San Diego wildfires to multi-drug-resistant strains of bacteria, communities are facing an ever-growing list of potential disasters. Some events, like pandemic flu or anthrax attacks, are public health emergencies first and foremost.  More...

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List price: $76.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 3/27/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

From the San Diego wildfires to multi-drug-resistant strains of bacteria, communities are facing an ever-growing list of potential disasters. Some events, like pandemic flu or anthrax attacks, are public health emergencies first and foremost. Hurricane Katrina taught us, however, that lack of planning for the frail, elderly, and impoverished population can turn a natural disaster into a healthcare nightmare and lead to needless death and suffering. Emergency managers and public health professionals must integrate their prevention and response efforts to serve their communities most effectively. The structure of each chapter offers an innovative approach to organizing key information: 1. Case Study And/Or 2. Historical Example(s) (e.g. Recap of health impact and response to Anthrax Attacks 2001) And/Or 3. Timeline of Events (e.g. brief description of largest of each disaster type, earthquakes, etc throughout history with associated morbidity/mortality) 4. Basic Facts or Terms Defined: 5. Health Threat (Morbidity and Mortality) ? Summary of health issues that result. 6. Prevention or ?Before ____ Strikes? 7. Immediate Actions 8. Health Interventions or Managing the Aftermath 9. Summary Box at the end of each chapter with key points and take away messages Disasters and Public Health is a crucial tool in planning for and responding to the health impact of any crisis situation. Bruce Clements served as the Public Health Preparedness Director of Missouri in 2006, when the state experienced a record number of disaster declarations. Recognizing that his staff needed to track down a variety of references to quickly understand what was needed for an effective public health response, he has researched and compiled this information on the health impact of a wide range of disasters into one quick reference. Emergency managers can also no longer afford to be surprised by the next crisis that erupts. This book guides planners in both disciplines in preventing tragedies by most effectively preparing and responding when disaster strikes. * Prevent or respond to disasters from terrorism to pandemic flu * Examine the critical intersection of emergency management and public health * Benefit from the author's years of experience in emergency response

Bruce Clements serves as the Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). He previously held the equivalent position for the State of Missouri. In this capacity, he provides leadership and oversight for public health preparedness programs and related legislative initiatives in Texas. These efforts combine the disciplines of public health, clinical medicine, emergency management, and public administration to build a state wide public health and medical emergency response infrastructure. In addition, he manages federal public health and healthcare system preparedness grants and provides direction for state wide preparedness activities including preparedness planning, training, and exercises. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications representing the Department of State Health Services and providing oversight of the state wide 9-1-1 Call Centers and Poison Control Programs. He has current Adjunct Instructor appointments at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine (Round Rock, TX); Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, School of Rural Public Health, Department of Health Policy & Management; and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He has published a variety of articles on preparedness and has contributed book chapters. He has also lectured extensively on preparedness topics for over 20 years.

Introduction
General Preparedness
Bioterrorism
Bombings and Explosions
Chemical Disasters
Earthquakes
Floods
Heatwaves
Hurricanes
Nuclear and Radiological Disasters
Pandemic Flu
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Volcanoes
Wildfires
Winter Storms
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