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Planning Wk 4

course description (taken from the syllabus of this course I’ve already sent you before): This course focuses on the myriad of activities that define the first phase of emergency and disaster management, namely planning and preparedness. Highlights of the curricula include the hazard vulnerability analysis, development of an emergency operations plan and understanding the importance of mitigation strategies to reduce risk to a community, agency or hospital.
– The required Textbooks for this course (please see the syllabus along with the organizer and Discussion Board I have sent you before for all the questions of all the weeks and please print them out to be used as a reference for you throughout the term)
The required Textbooks for this course: Required: 1. Disaster Medicine, Comprehensive Principles and Practice 2011, Koenig and Schultz 2. Disaster Policy & Politics, 2nd Ed., Richard Sylves 3. Emergency Planning, Perry and Lindell, 2007 4. Select journal articles – posted under Topics of Study 5. *Mass Notification and Crisis Communications, Denise C. Walker *only one chapter is used from this book for this course (although the text is used in other DMM courses); the chapter is provided electronically in Topics of Study. Suggested: Disaster Medicine, Ciottone – The topic of this week is: Week 4 – – Emergency Protective Actions.
THE RESOURCES OF THIS WEEK, Wk4, (Please use some of them) :
Reading Assignments
Attached Files:
hospevac.pdf (195.3 KB) (I WILL UPLOAD IT AS FILE 1 Wk 4)
Nursing home preparedness.pdf (554.504 KB) (I WILL UPLOAD IT AS FILE 2 Wk 4)
1. Perry and Lindell chapters 5 and 6
2. Selected journal articles

– The assignment of this week is as follows:
1. One of the most important decisions an emergency manager will ever face regardless of the disaster incident type is whether to evacuate or shelter in place. Locate one natural and one terrorism-related or man-made disaster by searching the internet. Defend the decision to evacuate or shelter in place and then discuss why the prevailing science of this disaster type says that the decision to evacuate or shelter in place is a good one. You can not choose the same disasters as any of your classmates.

2. Discuss the risks and benefits as well as the similarities and differences of notice vs no notice mass evacuations. A notice incident or event is one (such as an approaching hurricane) that citizens can be informed of with enough time to develop a personal plan. A no notice incident is a sudden onset disaster such as terrorism or a tornado. Think about mass evacuations preceding a hurricane. Could such an evacuation process actually result in deaths? What are the implications of mass evacuation, contraflow traffic patterns, limited housing, etc.?

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