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Community Emergency Preparedness And Response Essay

1945 words - 8 pages

Emergency preparedness is the ability of individuals, organizations, and communities to respond to public health emergencies, such as natural disasters, bad weather, bioterrorism, outbreak of diseases, accidents casualties, and chemical or radiation emergencies. The most indigenous role of the federal, state or local government is to protect and prevent citizens from injury or potential harm, which involves helping people to prepare and respond to emergency situation, including people with disabilities. To plan and respond to community emergency require involvement of everybody in the community, including people with disabilities in identifying needs in evaluating operational management. The ...view middle of the document...

The residents suffer emotional, physical, and mental instability because of this fire outbreak. With the reduction of atmospheric quality the Neighborhood community needs an emergency preparedness plan for the residents’ safety and the neighboring communities (Pearson health science,).
The Neighborhood hospital in the community is experiencing influx of patient because of the exposure to smoke from the fire. Children and adults are suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Those with the preexistence condition suffer more. The emergency department is experiencing shortage of bed to accommodate patients. The hospital staffs are pressurized to discharge patient and make rooms and beds available for emergency room patients’ admission. There is mandatory overtime for nurses and other workers are overworked and tired, though committed giving quality care. The experience is overwhelming for the workers, nursing staff, and the administrative staffs, the nurses are stressed, and caused low morale among the workers which will eventually affect patient care and outcome.
The community Senior Center and Nursing Clinic was also affected by this fire. At the Senior Center, Karen Williams, a geriatric nurse for 30 years has been working at the Neighborhood Senior Center for five years. Several seniors at the Center are required to use oxygen more often. The nurse advised the senior citizens to stay in-door to avoid respiratory irritation.
The School is also affected by this fire, Kelsey Young a second grade student has been coughing with difficulty breathing was sent to the school nurse. Violet Brinkworth has been a school nurse for six years and experienced the effect of the smoky environment. Kelsey was assessed and Violet noticed Kelsey has difficulty breathing with increased respiratory rate, strong regular coughing, and wheezing. Violet sent for the mother to pick Kelsey up from school because there is no inhaler at school as a first aid to respiratory problem. Violet also encouraged Kelsey’s mother to send an inhaler to school with Kelsey in case of an emergency like this. This shows that the school was not prepared for emergency situation because the emergency preparedness is not in place.
Jimmy Bley is aged 78 with chronic disease of Emphysema and partial hearing loss in which Jimmy is in denial. Cecelia Bley is aged 75 with chronic disease of joint-pain. Jimmy and Cecilia Bley have been married for 56 years with eight children and have many grand-children. The children and grandchildren live close helping with routine activities in the house when needed. During the week of the fire outbreak Bley’s dryer broke and needs to be fixed. Cecelia informed Jimmy about the broken dryer but Jimmy did not want to go out to buy the materials needed to fix the dryer until the smoky environment from the forest fire subsided. Cecilia went to do laundry at the Laundromat with one of the daughters. The fire has caused delay activities in the...

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