Do Not Be Caught Unprepared

Do Not Be Caught Unprepared
John Hagedorn, MD and the 
OTA Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Unfortunately, in recent weeks we have seen natural and man-made disasters strike during the holiday season across the country.  Are you familiar with the types of disasters and nuances to consider with each type? Are you familiar with the incident command system which governs response? Do you know the basics of triage in a mass casualty incident? Do you know your hospital's disaster protocols? How do responders to a disaster seek help to cope?

Types of Disasters:

Types of Disasters | SAMHSA

Incident Command System (ICS):

https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/mscc/handbook/chapter1/Pages/emergencymanagement.aspx 

Mass Causality Incident (MCI) Triage:

https://wadem.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Triage-During-an-MCI.pdf

 Coping After a Disaster:

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/coping-after-disaster-trauma

Have a happy holiday season, be safe, and update your disaster preparedness knowledge this holiday season so the only surprises you have are the gifts you receive.

OTA Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Committee

 

 

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