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Disaster & Terrorism Preparedness

Planning, Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery

This editorial supplement, featuring some of the brightest minds in disaster and terrorism preparedness response in America, was developed with input from the Department of Homeland Security and other advisors whose job is to conduct risk assessments and predict what threats we must plan for in the immediate future.

Bonus: How to Help People with Special Needs Survive CBRNE Events

To help ensure a state of readiness, EMS systems must plan well in advance and coordinate potential care of special needs patients in the wake of a disaster.

Bonus: Decon Tips for First Responders

Do you know what to do when arriving on the scene of a large-scale chemical release?

Mark A. Kirk, MD

Chemical Release

Faced with a large number of people exposed to a chemical warfare agent or a toxic industrial chemical, EMS responders should act quickly.

Mark A. Kirk, MD

Preparing for 'D Days'

It's our job to think about the unthinkable and take action when necessary to reduce the injuries and death.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

Mobile Communications

Local comm issues have been addressed with the WakeMed interoperable comm vehicle.

Steven Harrison, AAS, TEMS, EMT-P


Response to Blast Injuries

Injuries caused by an explosion can be difficult to treat. Learn how to treat patients with blast injuries.

J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP


Triage from a Distance

The Standoff Patient Triage Tool (SPTT) will allow emergency responders to rapidly triage victims from a safe distance.

Robert Griffin, MD


Rapid Resource Deployment

Predefining your potential missions will help with subsequent planning and training initiatives.

Steven Harrison, AAS, TEMS, EMT-P


Maximum Exposure

The Disaster Preparedness Exercise and Procedural Cadaver Lab program is the ultimate experience in emergency preparedness.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | J. Harold Logan, BS, EMT-P – I/C | Joseph Holley, MD


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