Emergency Preparedness Interview
- 1. What are some of the most frightening areas in regards to disaster management, emergency response, and possibly handling terrorist activities?
Public health workers expect natural disasters, novel infectious diseases, and terrorist events in their daily duties. The most frightening areas in their duties are that they feel underprepared, lacking authority, and lack the resources to handle crisis despite being ready, willing, and well positioned to respond to occurrences.
- How well is this community, hospital, or local area prepared to handle a disaster or a public health event?
The hospital is poorly prepared for emergencies because it lacks facilities and types of equipment needed for the response.
- What are some of the preparatory measures that need to be done in order to maintain safety or organizational integrity during the event?
Emergency preparedness to maintain safety or organizational integrity needs measures such as planning, equipping, training, and regularly exercising the emergency response. Healthcare facilities should acquire the equipment, materials, and facilities needed to effectively support emergency responses
- What are some of the possible trainings that you would suggest that the community become involved with?
Hospitals should establish a plan and train members and the community to perform their duties while testing the effectiveness of the plan using emergency exercises. Healthcare professionals should be equipped with disaster-focused instructions in their formal education, and employers should establish crisis policies or engage workers in regular disaster drills.
- Where do you see emergency management/public health/disaster preparedness within the next 5 years?
Emergency management, public health, and disaster preparedness will improve within the next five years because scientists are implementing technologies that will be achievable and sustainable in providing early-warning systems.
- Where do you foresee some of the challenges taking place regarding disaster mental health?
Disaster mental health challenges will increase with the rapidly increasing social, political, and humanitarian pressure.
- In your opinion, how can disaster mental health become integrated as a regular part of emergency management planning?
Integration of disaster mental health in emergency planning can be done by providing psycho-education and information on environmental hazards, and engaging people in supportive listening. Individuals with a greater risk of long-term adverse reactions should be screened and referred to appropriate psychological, medical, and tangible services.
- Who do you consider to be some of the key stakeholders in the community? Why do they play an integral role in emergency preparedness, public health, or disaster management?
Stakeholders in disaster management involve the community and local and national government. The vulnerable community needs awareness on hazards and potential negative impacts of exposure, while the government is responsible for policies and frameworks facilitating early warning. The regional organizations and institutions such as NGOs, the private sector, media, and the scientific community are key stakeholders in disaster management. They provide advice and knowledge to develop and sustain operational efforts of nations sharing common geographical environment.
- How can local leaders become more involved in emergency preparedness and response concerning mental health?
Leaders should be aware of dangers their communities are exposed to in order be effectively involved in disaster preparedness. The community should be engaged in ways reducing potential damage or loss of resources they depend on, in a manner that increases safety in response to mental health.
- What are some of the positive social changes that can be accomplished regarding the integration of disaster mental health for the community?
Integration of disaster mental health for the community can help reduce major depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression in disastrous events (Roudini, Khankeh & Witruk, 2017).
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