Community Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Brittiany Taylor NUR 408 February 19, 2012 Felita Patterson Community Emergency Preparedness and Response This paper discusses subjects in newspaper articles and scenarios in the Pearson Health Science Neighborhood in season two, episode five in the University of Phoenix student website under the course materials section. A fire began in the Neighborhood community and the residents developed respiratory complications related to the smoke from the fire. The fire continues to thrive even after five days (Pearson health science, 2011). The community lacks an emergency preparedness and response plan and is in need of one. Local, state, and national public health agencies are needed…show more content…
The agencies have the capability to distribute manpower, volunteers, equipment, supplies, and financial support. The American Red Cross helps thousands of people yearly that are affected by natural and man-made disasters. The American Red Cross provides disaster relief to victims by providing food, shelter, health, and mental health services (American Red Cross, 2011). FEMA is a national organization that supports the citizens and first responders to create, maintain, and improve the capability to protect against, prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate all disasters. FEMA has more than 7382 employees working all over the United States. (FEMA, 2011) Public health care teams role in emergency preparedness Public health preparedness is a big concern secondary to the number of Americans that rely on the strong public health system and officials to meet the demands of any emergency. Public health care teams are an important and essential part of the public health system. They have partnerships with law enforcement agencies and public safety agencies at all levels of the government. Possessing these partnerships allows communities to be able to respond effectively to any emergency. Public health care agencies can increase public awareness through programs for disaster preparedness and disaster relief. These types of programs will help prepare people to
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