I need 2 simple responses to two of my cclassmates’ answers.
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1. Read the article and complete the survey instrument which Dr. Blessman and colleagues administered to employees of a local health department prior to a training event (last two pages of the Blessman article linked in Topics of Study). Most of you will walk away from this exercise dismayed that you have not performed better. That’s part of the solution to the problem–enlightenment. Briefly discuss how you did on the survey, why you think you performed well or poorly, and what you think you can and will do to improve. There is no correct answer here, but the results will generate their own discussion.
2. Read the Noji article on public health and disasters. Do the myths that he puts forth apply to regional disasters in the United States or other developed countries or only national-level disasters in third world countries? Support your opinions with some examples from history. Include references.
After taking the survey by Dr. Blessman and colleagues, I was surprised by the low level of preparedness on my part. I think part of the reason that I am less prepared is the fact that I have never personally encountered a major catastrophe or disaster. However, I believe that I should improve my situation by keeping myself updated through reading newsletters and other reliable sources of information on home emergency preparedness. At the same time, I believe that taking up the initiative of educating others through social media, blogs, and podcasts can help In improving the overall preparedness of people in my community and beyond.
Noji’s article highlights some of the myths that affect both the United States and developing countries. For instance, during hurricane Harvey, responders included neighbors and strangers who put in extraordinary effort in saving other people. The effort by community members refutes the myth that responders should always have a medical background. The response during hurricane Harvey also disputes the claim that disasters always brings out the negative side of human behavior such as looting and rioting (Fema, 2017). In a third world country scenario, the first responders of the Haitian Earthquake of 2010 were community members due to the delay that was suffered by the slow response of the international disaster response organizations (Brown, 2010). This also shows that responders do not always need to have a medical background and people are more willing to help than loot during times of major catastrophes, and it applies to developing countries as well.
Fema, (2017, September 22). Historic Disaster Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Retrieved August 30, 2018, from https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/22/historic-disaster-response-hurricane-harvey-texas
Brown, T. (2010, February 26). Haiti aid effort marred by slow U.N. response. Retrieved August 30, 2018, from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-quake-haiti-rel…
After reading the article and doing the survey, I was not shocked of the study results were only 8% of participants considered ‘totally prepared’. And that due the lack of awareness among the people.
I think that I have not done good in the survey, because I tend to answer a lot of questions with No, and that mainly because I have not done a lot of disaster preparedness at my home, and because the equipments and the idea of having them in Saudi Arabia ‘my country’ is not that popular.
I think some of the myth have been seen in some of the major disasters in the developed countries. For example, the 2004 tsunami that hit the coast of several countries in Asia. The myth was locating disaster victims in temporary settlements is the best alternative. One of the biggest reason for the increased number of fatalities after the tsunami happened because the response teams back then were thinking of just putting the survivals in the temporary shelters that was not fully equipped and not considered well maintained shelters. For example, Mass immunization during situations of natural disasters is usually counterproductive and diverts limited human resources and materials from other more effective and urgent measures, also the Nutrition factors, food shortages in the immediate aftermath of a disaster may arise in two ways. Food stock destruction within the disaster area may reduce the absolute amount of food available, or disruption of distribution systems may curtail access to food. These and many more are examples of the complication caused by such a myth.
For their defense ’the response teams’; the number of casualties were very high, but if it was not for that myth a lot of people will be going out of that horrible disaster without complaining of any post-disaster effects.
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