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Emergency Preparedness: Planning for Disaster Response - References

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Information on-line at the American Nurses Association’s web site

Ready Or Not, Disaster Happens. (Orr, M. L. September 30, 2002). The New York State Nurses Association shares processes used to respond to the events of September 11, 2002. Planning, managing, long range and future issues are reviewed. Retrieved on September 12, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume72002/Number3September30/DisastersHappen.aspx

Bioterrorism and Disaster Response. ANA site providing connecting links on patient care and hospital/community preparedness, including the National Nurses Response Team. Retrieved on September 18, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/HealthcareandPolicyIssues/DPR.aspx

Bioterrorism and Disaster Response: National Nurses Response Team. Explains the team’s purpose, membership, and volunteer opportunities. Retrieved on September 28, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/HealthcareandPolicyIssues/DPR/NNRT.aspx

Ethics and Terrorism: September 11, 2001 And It’s Aftermath. (Silva, M; Ludwick, R., ( January 31, 2003). Provides an ethical perspective for nurses regarding terrorist attacks by explaining nonmaleficence, beneficence, and distributive justice. Retrieved on September 12, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/Columns/Ethics/EthicsandTerrorism.aspx

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Responds to the September 11 Tragedy. (White, J. H. September 30, 2002). Describes response by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) including anecdotes from participants. A brief synopsis of psychiatric disorders and their effects on the national community are discussed. Retrieved on September 12, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume72002/Number3September30/APNARespondstoSep11.aspx

Infectious Disease: Challenges and Solutions. Correlates disastrous events and the spread of infectious disease by providing multiple ANA connecting links on related subject matter: OSHA recommendations and protection preparedness. Retrieved on September 12, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume112006/No1Jan31/tpc29lnx16051.aspx

Early Detection and Surveillance for Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Disease. (Veenema, T., Toke, J. January 31, 2006) Challenges of a bioterrorism event are discussed from a nursing perspective. An overview of computer-based surveillance systems configured to reduce the impact of biological threats is provided. Retrieved on September 12, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume112006/No1Jan31/tpc29_2c16059.aspx

Organizations: Professional and Global

Information available from both professional and international websites

American Red Cross and Sigma Theta Tau: Disaster Preparedness and Response for Nurses. Free contact hour module providing insight to the nurse’s role in response to weapons of mass destruction, terrorism or other disasters. Retrieved on September 18, 2006 from www.nursingsociety.org/education/case_studies/cases/SP0004.html

International Council of Nurses: Disaster Preparedness. Focus is on sharing the contributions of nurses involved in disaster relief. Links to discussion rooms, courses, conferences, and individual contact list. Site utilizes discussion rooms, Retrieved on September 28, 2006 from www.icn.ch/disasterprep.htm

Center of Excellence-Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (2006). Center uses education, research, and information programs to promote civil-military management of humanitarian response, and disaster management. Contains a multitude of links: multi-media library, disaster response, press releases, and related links. Retrieved on September 13, 2006 from www.coe-dmha.org

World Health Organization. United Nations agency on health home page provides multiple links. Go to “Health Topics” for specific list of disaster/health subject matter. Retrieved on September 27, 2006 from www.who.int/en

WHO Regional Office for Europe’s: Strengthening National Disaster Preparedness, Health Systems Ability to Respond to Crises (2004). Slideshow of presentation that provides an overview of the changes in disaster preparedness to be integrated into Who’s global country strategy. Retrieved on September 27, 2006 from www.who.int/hac/techguidance/training/induction/National%20disaster%20preparedness.pdf

AMA: Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response (CPHPDR). National educational resource for disaster preparedness for civilian and military providers. Links to competency and management resources. Retrieved on September 28, 2006 from www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/6206.html

American Library Association (ALA): Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. Collections of links with a broad range: planning tools, government agencies, and insurance information. Retrieved on September 28, 2006 from www.ala.org/ala/washoff/WOissues/disasterpreparedness/distrprep.htm

Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHC). National network of academic institutions collaborating with state/local health departments and community partners to provide public health crisis management educational opportunities for the health care workforce. Resource links to preparedness training and referral serves. Retrieved on September 18, 2006 from www.asph.org/cphp/cphp_home.cfm

Center for Public Health Awareness (CPHP). Funded by the CDC, CPHP unites academic institutions and state/local health departments. The collaboration provides educational opportunities for the public health care giver. Links to training, preparedness, and expert resources. Retrieved on September 26, 2006 from http://www.bt.cdc.gov/cotper/cphp/

Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP): Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). Free emergency preparedness referral that matches needs with experts at CPHP. Diverse topic choices include environmental safety, risk communication, exercise/drills, and more. Retrieved on September 26, 2006 from http://www.bt.cdc.gov/cotper/cphp/

Rotary International. Worldwide organization comprised of professional and business leaders provides humanitarian service from a base of high ethical standards. Focus on building goodwill in the world. Multiple links: programs, membership, news, events, and training. Retrieved on September 27, 2006 from http://rotary.org/

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): Clinical Care and Research. Connects to links on disaster preparedness, emergency alerts, and hot topics. Retrieved on September 27, 2006 from www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/disasterprep.html

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). The center conducts research and training on preparing for the psychological and health effects of traumatic events both natural and engineered disasters. Contains many links including education, research, preparedness, and resources. Retrieved on September 25, 2006 from www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org/home.shtml

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