— Volume IX (2013) —

Evacuation and Sheltering of People with Medical Dependencies – Knowledge Gaps and Barriers to National Preparedness

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AUTHOR:
Petter Risoe

Petter Risoe, MD, MPH is a Norwegian MD, and recently completed a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Yale School of Public Health.

AUTHOR:
Jeffrey Schlegelmilch

Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, MPH is the Manager for Emergency Management Services at the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He may be contacted at jeffrey.schlegelmilch@ynhh.org

AUTHOR:
James Paturas

James Paturas, LP, CEM, CBCP, FACCP, is the Director for Emergency Preparedness at the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He also served on the FEMA National Advisory Council from 2007 – 2010.

ABSTRACT:
Emergency plans are mandated by a number of federal regulations, often with conflicting definitions, to incorporate people with medical dependencies. However targeted planning for this segment is presently hampered by substantial knowledge deficits defining this population and the potential resource requirements in a disaster. These gaps prevent the development of evidence-based best practices for locating, communicating with, transporting, sheltering, and ensuring the safe recovery of those with medical dependencies. The authors discuss the knowledge gaps in preparing for this population and propose solutions to fill these gaps in order to facilitate enhanced preparedness for people with medical dependencies.

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SUGGESTED CITATION:
Risoe, Petter, Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, and James Paturas. “Evacuation and Sheltering of People with Medical Dependencies – Knowledge Gaps and Barriers to National Preparedness.” Homeland Security Affairs 9, Article 2 (February 2013)
http://www.hsaj.org/?article=9.1.2
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