Personal Reflections on Emergency Preparedness and the Response to A Major Natural Disaster: Hurricane Katrina
Immediate: The initial time period when the facility has to exist, function, care for patients and staff, utilizing only supplies on hand prior to the emergency
Outside response: Plans developed to take advantage of outside resources brought in for the evacuation
Backfill: The time period when additional resources to manage the short term conditions become available to the institution
Restoration: Long term rebuilding of the medical community to restore the preemergency capabilities and function. This last phase is usually the longest and requires the most resources.
KeywordsEmergency Medical Service Blow Down Emergency Preparedness Personal Reflection Emergency Medical Service Personnel
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