Philippines trying to learn lessons from Typhoon Haiyan
Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY 1:34 p.m. EST November 22, 2013
“…..Despite small signs that this area is recovering, life remains far from normal for countless Filipinos who have struggled through days of horror and hunger. More than 5,000 people died in the typhoon, and hundreds more are missing. The survivors are wondering when they’ll have their lives back.
Authorities in the Philippine capital of Manila promise an action plan by early December that will lay out the three to five years of reconstruction and rehabilitation work needed in the hardest-hit areas, said the Department of Budget and Management……”
The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), an independent non-profit organization, is a standard-based voluntary assessment & peer review accreditation process for government programs responsible for coordinating prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for natural & human-caused disasters. Accreditation is based on compliance with collaboratively developed national standards, the Emergency Management Standard by EMAP.
Accreditation is open to all U.S. States, territories, and local government emergency management programs. Anyone can subscribe to receive standards and guidance materials.
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Haitian Earthquake Relief: Disaster Response Aboard the USNS Comfort
Ryan M. Walk, Timothy F. Donahue, Zsolt Stockinger, M. Margaret Knudson,
Miguel Cubano, Richard P. Sharpe, and Shawn D. Safford
DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS 2012;6 370-377 http://www.dmphp.org/cgi/content/abstract/6/4/370?etoc
A total of 872 patients and 185 patient escorts were processed aboard the ship. Ages ranged from younger than 1 day to 89 years: 635 were adults and 237 were children. Of those admitted, 817 of the patients were admitted for longer than 24 hours; the average length of stay was 8.0 days. The need for surgery was substantial: 454 patients went to the operating room (OR) 843 times for 927 cumulative procedures. A total of 58 patients underwent amputations.
The Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) is a component within the National Protection and Programs Directorate. IP leads the coordinated national program to reduce risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure posed by acts of terrorism, and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.
The People’s Role in U.S. National Health Security: Past, Present, and Future
Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. March 2012, 10(1): 77-88.
“…….In projecting what needs to occur over the next 10 years in biosecurity, 2 priority challenges emerge: retaining the lesson that a public prone to panic, social disorder, and civil unrest is a myth, and building an infrastructure to bolster the public’s full contributions to health emergency management.”
Medical countermeasures include both pharmaceutical interventions, such as vaccines, antimicrobials, antidotes, and antitoxins, and non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as ventilators, diagnostics, personal protective equipment (PPE), and patient decontamination that may be used to prevent, mitigate, or treat the adverse health effects of an intentional, accidental or naturally occurring public health emergency.
User-Managed Inventory: An Approach to Forward-Deployment of Urgently Needed Medical Countermeasures for Mass-Casualty and Terrorism Incidents
C. Norman Coleman, Chad Hrdina, Rocco Casagrande, Kenneth D. Cliffer,
Monique K. Mansoura, Scott Nystrom, Richard Hatchett, J. Jaime Caro, Ann R.
Knebel, Katherine S. Wallace, and Steven A. Adams
DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS 2012;6 408-414 http://www.dmphp.org/cgi/content/abstract/6/4/408?etoc
The user-managed inventory (UMI) is an emerging idea for enhancing the current distribution and maintenance system for emergency medical countermeasures (MCMs). It increases current capabilities for the dispensing and distribution of MCMs and enhances local/regional preparedness and resilience. In the UMI, critical MCMs, especially those in routine medical use (“dual utility”) and those that must be administered soon after an incident before outside supplies can arrive, are stored at multiple medical facilities (including medical supply or distribution networks) across the United States. The medical facilities store a sufficient cache to meet part of the surge needs but not so much that the resources expire before they would be used in the normal course of business…….This system…..provides response capacity before the arrival of supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and thus enhances the local/regional medical responders’ ability to provide life-saving MCMs that otherwise would be delayed. The UMI can be more cost-effective than stockpiling by avoiding costs due to drug expiration, disposal of expired stockpiled supplies, and repurchase for replacement.
Scam Artists Attempt To Prey On Disaster Survivors
December 6, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. – Fraud and scams are age-old issues that surface in the aftermath of any disaster. Using old and new methods, scam artists seek to obtain vital information or take advantage of survivors focused on recovery.
New Jersey residents need to be on alert. Some of the most common scams after a disaster include:
Home Repair Scams
Unregistered home improvement contractors may take the disaster survivor’s money and disappear, leaving unfinished work and unsafe homes. Before hiring a contractor, the survivor should check with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846 to make sure the contractor is registered, as well as ask for a copy of the contractor’s liability insurance and verify the policy is valid. All contracts should be in writing, and reviewed before being signed. Full payment should not be made until the work is completed.
The local police department should be notified of suspected fraud.
Excessive price increases are illegal. Check with the New Jersey Consumer Affairs office at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov or call 800-242-5846 if you suspect the prices are too high.
People may pretend to be employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other government agencies, such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or public utilities. By going door-to-door to storm-damaged homes, or by phone or on the internet, con artists may try to obtain personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers.
A FEMA or SBA shirt or jacket is not absolute proof of someone’s affiliation with these agencies. All authorized FEMA or SBA personnel display a laminated photo identification card, which they are required to wear at all times;
Individuals can register for assistance and follow up on previous applications online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by web-enabled mobile device at m.FEMA.gov. By phone or 711/VRS, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.
On any follow-up calls, a FEMA representative would ask only for the last four digits of the applicant’s social security number.
False Payment or Bribe
Imposters may ask for some form of service payment, or bribe – something no FEMA, SBA or federal agency employee should ever do. FEMA-contracted housing inspectors assess damage but do not determine cost estimates. FEMA does not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs.
Con artists may pose as insurance specialists or expeditors, claiming they can convince FEMA to increase home repair damage aid or the insurer to pay a larger settlement. The scammers ask the applicant or policyholder to sign a contract giving them a percentage of the “increased” payment. The essence of the con is to take a percentage of the damage grant or policy settlement that would be given anyway. FEMA always deals directly with each applicant and is always willing to consider an appeal by sending a new inspector to review damaged property or claimed losses.
Before donating, people should investigate to be sure the organization asking for donations is registered to solicit in New Jersey and ask how the money will be used.
For other questions, New Jersey residents can contact the New Jersey Consumer Affairs office at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov or by calling 800-242-5846.
Notification issued 12/8/12 at 6:10 PM. The MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
will operate full morning and evening rush hour service beginning Monday,
December 10, as a result of Amtrak restoring the signal system capacity in one
of its two flood-damaged East River tunnels. This will mark the first full
service rush hour for the LIRR since Hurricane Sandy hit six weeks ago. The
LIRR's off-peak service continues to operate on a regular schedule throughout
the LIRR system.
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