Posts Tagged ‘preparedness phase’

Early Thoughts on the Mississippi River Flooding of 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Author: Gary Scronce, Director of Preparedness Programs, IEM

Since 1986, I have lived in southern Louisiana just 2 miles from an Atchafalaya Basin Levee and crossed the mighty Mississippi River at least twice a day. Given this, it is only natural to consider the risk of flooding where my family and I live, particularly in the springtime. We all knew from watching the heavy snowfalls in the Midwest and upper Midwest during winter that the river was likely to rise this year. What we had not anticipated was all of the thunderstorm activity that swept across the same areas and especially through the Ohio River Valley this spring. We have watched what has happened to the north of us and now have an understanding of what is going to reach southern Louisiana thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service River Forecast Center for the Lower Mississippi, and our local news stations and newspapers.

For those not familiar with the lower Mississippi area and the flood control structures in place, one of the best graphic depictions I have seen is located here: (more…)

Nurses as Emergency Managers Prepping for Any Disaster

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Note: This article is the third in a periodic series of online articles focusing on emergency management and how its principles can be incorporated into nursing practice. Full articles appear on http://nursing.advanceweb.com

There are a lot of views on how to begin the preparedness process. There are even more on how to do a “proper” risk assessment. People go through multiple years of post graduate training and can receive a PhD in risk management and assessment. So, how can a nurse in the field possibly use risk assessment without an advance degree on the topic? That’s what this article is designed to tell them. So, if you want a down and dirty review on risk assessment and how it applies to the medical field, this is the article for you!

See Full Prepping for Any Disaster article

The Emergency Management Cycle

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Author: Chris Hiles, MS, BSN, RN, Emergency Manager, IEM

Most nurses have little experience with the true theory of the emergency management process. In order to meet them where they are, I used this article to set the bedrock for the following articles. These will explain the process in more detail and, hopefully, will give nurses who are assigned the task of writing a plan or heading a preparedness effort some materials to start with. See full emergency management article.