Employing a Hurricane Katrina case study and multiple resources, including voices from senior public health officials from Louisiana and Mississippi, this engaging webinar, presented by Dr. David Abramson, prompts emergency planners to consider critical elements to planning for and responding to large scale emergency events. He describes findings from an oral history study of Gulf Coast first responders, and details the significant differences between the public health and first responders' command structures, particularly for setting up mortuary services, running shelters, and providing mental health care. Results from post Katrina research provide guidance for activities to mitigation effects of disaster events and to improve community recovery outcomes.
The purpose of this course is to:
- Prompt emergency planners to consider critical elements to planning for and responding to large scale emergency events, using lessons learned from the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:
- Incident Management
- Information Sharing
- Community Recovery
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):
- 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
- 1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
- 1.4 Maintain situational awareness
- 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
- 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
- 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
- 3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to program, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Examine 2 organizational responses to a large scale disaster event
- Describe impacts and effects on public health infrastructure: direct, indirect, and organizational
- Discuss population impacts - short and long term recovery
- The Public Health Impacts of a Catastrophic Hurricane and Flooding: Voices from Katrina
- Satisfaction Survey