Emergency Response and Planning – Tornado Sentinel City

Emergency Response and Planning – Tornado Sentinel City

Introduction

When an emergency such as an earthquake, tornadoes, and terrorist activities occur, many people fall victim. Some die while others are injured. Those injured require urgent care to save their lives. The local government and healthcare systems must have elaborate emergency response reams to ensure such emergencies are well catered for. According to Rafferty-Semon et al. (2017), disasters are on the rise and pose a significant threat to public health. Disaster management is a process involving activities before, during, and after emergencies. This paper reviews the effects of a tornado in sentinel city, Acer Tech, and Casper Park districts, emergency response teams, and the effects of using social media during emergencies.

Potential Effects of a Tornado

A Tornado in Sentinel City would lead to injuries and also death. Injuries would result from people being hit by large objects like bricks, trees, and glass. Severe injuries could also lead to death. Tornadoes would also cause infrastructure damage that is, houses, barns, vehicles, and businesses would be ruined. Other damages to infrastructure would include destroyed powerlines, falling trees, and possible fires. Animals would die in the process, a fire caused by lightning and destroyed power lines, uprooted trees, and destroyed food crops. A tornado can lead to significant damages and potential loss of human and animal life.

Emergency Management Teams

Fire and Rescue Services.

This team would be integral in putting out arising fires and prevent fires in the respective districts. The team could help victims of fires in first aid before getting them to hospitals. They also aid in extracting property and human life trapped in fires. Fire and rescue teams are engaged in building fires, forest fires

Police officers/ Law enforcement.

Police officers are often the first emergency response team members. They are quite many in Sentinel City. They can help people to safety, prevent further damage by citizens who take advantage of the tornado to steal and destroy. Trained police officers can also offer first aid to victims

Emergency medical teams/ paramedics

Paramedics are medical personnel who have been trained in providing emergency services. They triage patients, provide first aid and more specialized care, and appropriately refer patients requiring more specialized care such as respiratory support (Veenema et al., 2017). Paramedics come in handy during natural disasters, road accidents, terrorist attacks, and floods (Erickson, 2019). Their primary function is to save human life and alleviate further surffering.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

When disasters occur, the Federal Emergency Management Agency responds. The agency is responsible for planning evacuation, mitigation, and managing disaster effects (Erickson, 2019). The agency is also responsible for disaster preparedness. The agency harmonizes all other teams and ensures every team has enough equipment and performs its duties (Erickson, 2019).

Private and Public Resources

Large hospitals have specialized emergency stores to store equipment vital in emergency care involving many victims (Veenema., 2017). These items are retrieved and stores replenished in the recovery phase of the natural disaster. Emergency Alert Systems are integral in informing the public. Trained personnel are also integral in emergency responses (Erickson, 2019). Private resources include private hospitals, which can relieve some burden of the emergency victims from the public hospitals. Private ambulance services can be vital in responding to natural disasters.

Quick Public Responses Shared on Social Media

Sharing information on social media enhances public awareness. People who live in the areas can respond to the posts and flee to safety. Emergency teams can also get information on social media and respond. Members of the public can see the post and also offer help to the victims. Social media posts can be misleading if not correctly done. They can also cause panic. The information can be used to extort money from the public unlawfully. The information can also be collected by unscrupulous characters who can take advantage of the situation to cause more damage to the area.

Conclusion

Emergency management requires planning before, during, and after the emergency. Emergency Management Teams focus on the three areas. They all work in harmony to ensure mitigation of the emergency and recuperation from its effects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency responds to emergencies and harmonies personnel and equipment.

It also establishes and pioneers disaster preparedness. Social media platforms can provide a good ground for posting quick public responses but not without risks. Any city should have well-laid out disaster preparedness plans.

References

Erickson, S. (2019). The Federal Emergency Management Agency: A New Era of Weather Disaster Management. Retrieved 19th August 2021 from https://shareok.org/handle/11244/320367

Rafferty-Semon, P., Jarzembak, J., & Shanholtzer, J. (2017). Simulating complex community disaster preparedness: Collaboration for point of distribution. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 22(1), 1-10. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol22No01Man03

Veenema, T. G., Deruggiero, K., Losinski, S., & Barnett, D. (2017). Hospital administration and nursing leadership in disasters. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 41(2), 151-163. https://doi.org/10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000224

Emergency Response and Planning Instructions – Tornado Sentinel City

 Daycare Simulation Assignment


Access Sentinel City Simulation and log in. Travel to the ABC Day Care using the map and the bus. Once you arrive at the day care center get off the bus and click on the blue box outside of the building. Click yes on the prompt asking if you want additional information about the day care center. Click on the ABC Day Care Emergency Scenario tab and watch the video. 



Activity: 


Within the simulation, visit the area near ABC Day Care. Observe the services, routes, and populations that may be involved with the city as a result of the hostile situation. Create a report that describes the potential public health effects and environmental hazards related to the hostile situation.

Describe the members and roles of the emergency management team and organizations (public and private) that would be activated in Sentinel City.

Reflect on the various social media responses and news reports. Present an analysis of the risks and benefits of social media responses from the area.

Select a healthcare practice setting such as an urgent care clinic, school, or hospital unit. Identify at least 3 evidence-based considerations for each phase of emergency management that should be included in the emergency management plan for your selected practice setting.

Create two communication messages for social media that would be shared during the response and recovery phases from your setting.

Explain how you would address family members or the media arriving in your department.

Consider the strategies and interprofessional team that is utilized to develop emergency preparedness and response plans. What are the risks and benefits of the quick public responses that will be shared on social media?

What are the priority communication messages to come from your practice setting to address media staff and family members?



Disaster Preparedness Assignment


Overview:

The healthcare team has just been notified that there is a civic disturbance at City Hall with injuries in Sentinel City®. In this activity, learners will determine the elements to evaluate and considerations for an emergency response plan in various practice settings. 


Assignment:

Visit City Hall in Sentinel City®. Observe the services and populations that may be involved with the city as a result of a civic disturbance.

Review Online Resources:

Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (free online course)

https://www.ready.gov/community-emergency-response-team

Emergency Severity Index (ESI) A Triage Tool for Emergency Department Care     https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/professionals/systems/hospital/esi/esihandbk.pdf

2017 INMED HHC Disaster Simulation  https://vimeo.com/212685889 2:53 min. video

Preparing hospitals for disasters   https://www.calhospitalprepare.org/recovery

Right One Minute, Wrong the Next. Provides questions to help verify information available via social media.

                        

https://www.fema.gov/blog/2017-08-17/right-one-minute-wrong- 

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Create a report that describes the potential public health effects and environmental hazards related to the civic disturbance.

Describe the members and roles of the emergency response team and organizations (public and private) that could be activated in Sentinel City®.  

Present an analysis of the risks and benefits of social media responses from the area.  

Select a healthcare practice setting, such as urgent care clinic, school, or hospital unit (ER, Surgery, Critical Care, or Medical/Surgical Unit). Create two communication messages for social media that would be shared during the response and recovery phases from your practice setting. Explain how you would address family members or the media arriving in your department.

Identify at least three evidence-based considerations for each phase of emergency management that should be included in the emergency management plan for your selected practice setting. (Include citations for each consideration in APA format)
http://sentinelworld.healthcarelearninginnovations.com