Health and Medical Aspects of Disaster Preparedness

  • John C. Duffy

Part of the NATO book series (NATS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. NATO-Joint Civil/Military Group Report
    Pages 1-17
  3. Howard R. Champion
    Pages 31-40
  4. L. J. Courbil, P. Chevalier, J. L. Belard
    Pages 41-62
  5. Arthur V. Tennyson
    Pages 79-85
  6. The Getty Conservation Institute
    Pages 87-100
  7. F. C. Antonini
    Pages 131-144
  8. Douglas A. Rund, Gregg S. Pollander
    Pages 153-160
  9. John C. Duffy
    Pages 175-179
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 181-184

About this book

Introduction

The study of Health and Medical Aspects of Disaster Preparedness was approved by NATO/CCMS in 1985 with the first pilot study meeting in June of that year. The pilot study, under the leadership of the United States and Belgium, focused on the current status of disaster preparedness in partici­ pating nations. An objective look was taken at the availability or resources to cope with disasters from an international standpoint. The types of disaster settings that were reviewed in the study included the following: (1) Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, avalanches (2) Nuclear power plant accidents or spills (3) Water and aircraft accidents (4) Building fires, building collapses (5) Contamination by hazardous chemicals or biological waste (6) Civil disturbances A disaster can strike anywhere at any time. Some nations and local communities have well-developed disaster plans with which to meet catastrophic situations. The fact is that most communities are without written and coordinated disaster plans which offer their citizens the most effective and comprehensive protection in these unexpected and often critical situations. Disaster has been defined as a sudden event which involves large numbers of people and results in loss of life, serious injury and property loss. together with a severe disruption of community organization and services. In the United States, thousands of people are killed and injured in disasters every year. Thus, disasters constitute a serious problem in both individual and public health terms in this country alone. Disasters can be classified as natural and man-made.

Keywords

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Editors and affiliations

  • John C. Duffy
    • 1
  1. 1.Gillis W. Long Hansen’s Disease CenterCarvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-0589-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7880-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0589-7
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