Nurses and disaster risk reduction, response and recovery

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Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway Park, NY Personal photo.

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Emergency VS Disaster. Emergency. An unexpected event or situation that requires an intense, rapid response and that can be addressed with existing community resources. Public services remain intact and functional Response services are locally available and adequate.

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March 24th 1989: Exxon Valdez oil spill On this... TumblrTumblr.

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Hurricane Dorian Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas Sept 5,2019 1.

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The 10- most costly natural disasters of the century.

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GEOG 3333: Disaster Summary Blog: 2011 Tohoku, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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2021 natural disasters. North American heat wave in June 2021caused 1037 deaths: 808 in Western Canada and 229 in the northwestern US In the Atlantic in 2021, there were 21 named storms , 7 hurricanes and four major hurricanes. The four biggest US storms cost a combined $67 billion in insured losses, and once all the claims settle the costs will likely exceed 1 billion. Epic rainfall in China extending to Vietnam in July 2021 due to two landfalling typhoons - Cempaka and In-fa. 25.31 inches fell in 24 hours, Europe’s deadliest flood in over 30yrs hit western Germany and eastern Belgium killing 240 people and caused $43 billion in damage, which is the costliest weather disaster in European history. There were 1376 tornadoes (1313 confirmed) in the US in 2021, and 1075 in 2020. These tornadoes killed over 100 people including 90 in the month of December alone There were 8835 California wildfires recorded in 2021, burning over 2,000,000 acres across the state, with 3629 buildings destroyed. Globally, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greece and Turkey have rising brushfire and wildfire incidence as well..

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Mandatory evacuations as Sheep Fire grows in Southern California ...

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2017:A huge dust storm called a haboob covered the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.Source : CNN.

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Nursing. A profession in the healthcare sector focused on the care of individuals, families and communities helping them to maintain, attain and recover optimal health and quality of life. One of the most trusted and largest group of health care professionals Nurses take on a variety of different roles including education, assessing situations and support, research and providing care. In times of disaster, nurses are often needed at the initial rescue as well in the immediate aftermath, administering first aid tot hose injured. They may be needed in hospitals, shelters and clinics to provide ongoing care. Nurses also play a vital role in restoring normalcy, not just to individuals but to the entire community..

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Rescue workers remove corpses from the rubble of a building after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey, on Jan. 26, 2020. (File/AFP).

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EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN Section 1: General Guidelines.

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Ready, set, go…. Be aware of your environmental risks. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare, know your local evacuation routes and listen to the directions of local officials. Establish a family evacuation plan and a designated meeting place. Identify a plan for children and disabled or elderly family members. Remember your elderly neighbors. Consider having a “go bag” so that if you do need to evacuate quickly, you'll have important documents, cash and necessary items ready to go. Keep a full tank of gas in your car. Have bottled water and non-perishable foods (granola bars, raisins, can tuna , peanut butter) in case of a loss of power and refrigeration. Charge electronic equipment and consider having a backup battery. Pack charging cords. Have a flashlight with fresh and extra batteries. Don't forget about your family pet. Bring a bowl, leash, food and vaccination records. Stay calm!.

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The EASY-PEASY Emergency Preparedness Kit _ Non-Perishable Food _Can Opener _ Water _ Flashlight and Extra Batteries _ Radio _ Extra Keys _ First Aid Kit _Cash Special Needs Items (For Infants or Medical Issues) _Candals and Lighters/ Matches _ Important Family Documents OTHER: _ Emergency Plan (Easy for Kids to Read) _ Personal Hygiene Items Hand Sanitizer _Garbage Bags and Duct Tape _ Toilet Paper _ Blanket or two _ Basic Tools (Hammer, Screw Driver, Wrench) _ Scissors _ V'•/histle Dust Masks _ Pens and Paper.

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Professional preparedness. Seek out opportunities for disaster and emergency preparedness training courses in your area (American Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corps) Attend work-based in-services for new and available emergency equipment. Familiarize yourself with emergency exits, and actively participate in drills Consider volunteering with local, state, regional or international agencies.

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Post response Mental Health resources. Traumatic Incident Stress (CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health- NIOSH) Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours (CDC NIOSH) Resilience Resources for Emergency Response (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Psychological First Aid for First Responders (SAMHSA) Guidelines for Good Practice: Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers (Antares Foundation) Guidance for Emergency Responders in U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico (NIOSH-CDC).

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An aerial view of Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. U.S. Customs/Getty Images 15.