Disaster Cycle Missions

Disaster Cycle: Mitigation & Preparation

  • Hospital Emergency Management Planning
  • Disaster & emergency management planning & preparation for the hospital
  • Hospital Joint Commission Preparedness
  • Hospital planning: Interface with the Community and Government
  • Local, regional, state, federal government interactions that effect hospital disaster planning
  • Alternate Sites of Care
  • The use of non-traditional locations to shelter and treat persons affected by a disaster.
  • Recognition, notification, initiation, and data collection
  • Process of recognition, situational awareness and assessment, notification/activation of needed resources and the disaster plan, and data collection after the event
  • Resource management & altered standards of care
  • Material acquisition and distribution in disasters
  • Volunteer management (invited/spontaneous or convergent) & Donation management
  • Deploying, delegating appropriate tasks, and supervising volunteers
  • Surge capacity & capability
  • Health care facilities’/ systems’ abilities to rapidly expand operations to manage increased demand

Disaster Cycle: Response

  • Specific Disaster Medicine Scenarios
  • Clinical treatment of specific injuries or illnesses that commonly occur during a disaster
  • Decontamination, PPE; Personal Protective Actions
  • Removal or neutralization of a contaminating substance, such as chemical, biological, radioactive, blood/ body fluids, or other hazardous material
  • Mass immunization and Infectious Disease & Control issues
  • Health and safety of patients, bystanders, and medical personnel, including risks associated with disasters
  • Hospital Evacuations, Moving or relocating individuals to a safe area
  • Governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) -sponsored response teams and urban search and rescue teams
  • Purposes and capabilities of GO- and NGO-sponsored response teams

Disaster Cycle: Recovery

  • Recovery from major incidents & Post-traumatic growth
  • Disaster recovery takes years, depending on the event. 

Disaster Concepts that cross over several phases of the disaster cycle

  • Mental Health & Stress issues
  • Influences of human behavior on disaster management
  • Syndromic surveillance & Public Health issues
  • Health and safety of patients, bystanders, and medical personnel, including risks associated with disasters
  • Care of Special Needs Populations (IRAA populations)
  • Groups whose needs are not fully addressed by traditional services, including language barrier.
  • Role of Guidelines, Laws, Regulations and Public Policy in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management
  • The DM legal framework involves regulations & policies
  • Communication skills
  • Principles, devices, and need for bidirectional communication in sharing and disseminating information during a disaster
  • Case studies, Including ethical issues and cases
  • Rules or standards governing the conduct (including actions and motives) of those acting as independent individuals or as members of a profession