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A Disaster In Franklin County Essay

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* A Disaster in Franklin County
* Lori Zrebski
* October 13, 2014
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A Disaster in Franklin County
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* Role of Public Health Personnel
* When a disaster strikes, the general population relies heavily on the expertise of public health personnel. It is their expertise in disaster management that keeps communities safe, whether it be a natural disaster or otherwise.
* Franklin County was hit hard by a summer storm, leaving thousands without power, safe food and water, and access to ...view middle of the document...

The Liaison Officer, Brent Volstad, served as the point of contact for supporting agencies. Brent was chosen for his excellent community relations and credibility. Sharon Kong, Epidemiologist, took on the Planning Section Chief role. This person must be an expert in planning, analyzing, and disseminating information. The Logistics Section Chief, Betsy Snyder, a receptionist is accustomed to organizing several requests at once making her the optimal choice for this position. The public health nurse uses the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the needs of the community.
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* Chain of Command
* “The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment”. ( Retrieved from: http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system (October 6, 2014) The community health nurse utilized this chain of command to obtain resources for community members that were not readily available to her in addition to gathering information for her customers that was beyond her scope or ability.
* Resources/Actions of Community Health Nurse
* The community health nurse participated in the door knocking efforts. When an occasion arose that was beyond her scope of practice, some of the needs for resources were identified in advance. When visiting the Westlund residence, Mr. Westlund indicated that his basement had flooded and that there had been an s pill of oil and paint thinner in his shed. The community health nurse notified an Environmental Service Specialist to advise Mr. Westlund on the cleanup of household hazardous waste. She also identified that he would need information on how to clean up his basement after flooding. The second home that the community health nurse visited was the Fuhr residence. Mrs. Fuhr appeared quite frustrated and stressed due to the fact that she was out of diapers, food, formula and safe drinking water. She was also responsible for caring for her husband’s mother. The community health nurse needed to arrange to have the basic provisions provided for the Fuhr family for the next few days. The community health nurse made note that she should schedule a home visit with the Fuhr’s in the next 1-2 weeks to help identify resources that will help them get back on their feet. When the community health nurse visited the 3rd residence, she found that communication was difficult as the Mrs. Alvarez did not speak English. She quickly found that Mrs. Alavarez son could...

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