Making Disaster Preparedness Part of Your Professional IdentityGeneral Public Image - Healthcare

Nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals have numerous responsibilities and areas of potential professional emphasis. Including disaster preparedness as one of these areas of emphasis can help you respond to disasters in a helpful and professional way. Here are some suggestions, based on helpful principles of preparedness and planning, for enhancing your preparedness for disasters.

  • In addition to affiliating with the disaster preparedness and intervention components of your professional organization , you may consider becoming part of a disaster-specific group such as these for physicians, chiropractic, physical therapists, and nurses.
  • Educate yourself about various disasters, health care responses, and the mental health implications of each, through review of websites such as:

Volunteer by consulting Georgia disaster information clearinghouses such as Georgia911 to identify immediate and long-term needs. Personal stories of health care volunteers suggest that such volunteering can provide important personal and professional benefits.

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This is an excellent University of Washington/CDC on-line training module.