Joplin: Preparedness Lessons from a Devastating Tornado
On May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, virtually destroying one of the two hospitals subsequently causing the medical system to be overwhelmed. This chapter presents first-hand accounts and summarizes lessons learned from six providers who were involved in tornado recovery efforts from this natural disaster. In addition, we discuss the unique implications of tornados for the elderly.
KeywordsDisaster preparedness Joplin Missouri Tornado response Elderly
The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Michele Kassmeier, MPH and Elaine Litton in the preparation of this chapter, and the outstanding editorial work of Judith Stern, MD.
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