Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide, Second Edition

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The 2nd edition of this landmark book consolidates important information on disaster-related resources into one source. It is designed to help the public health profession plan for tasks for which "on the job" is the chief teacher. The author has recognized striking improvements in disaster readiness in the United States, including inter-organizational cooperation and planning among response agencies, and greater technological capability for monitoring and response. Additional information has been added on morbidity and mortality for several new types of disasters; updated structure and organization to reflect changes in federal response and organization including national incident management system, public health incident command, volunteers, Geographic Information Systems and public health response; expanded disaster communications including working with the media, communication systems, information technology recovery; surge capacity and surge capacity planning; worker safety; handling human remains; ensuring food safety and feeding large numbers of displaced persons; organizing mental health services, including staff training, setting up assistance services; death notification; disasters and people with disabilities, including building preparedness, disaster planning councils; point of dispensing sites; updated laboratory response network; and maintaining the vaccine cold chain.

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Dr. Linda Young Landesman has almost 30 years of experience in social services, health care and emergency preparedness. Since 1996, she has been an assistant vice president at the New York city Health and Hospitals Corporation. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and visiting faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Public Health Practice Program where she teaches online. She has promoted an increased public health role in disaster preparedness and response since 1982 through development of national EMS response standards, and has been appointed to numerous disaster related advisory boards, including the WMD Committee of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mailman School Center for Public Health Preparedness, and the Mailman School World Trade Center Evacuation study.

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Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide is a scholarly addition to the evolving body of disaster medicine literature. This comprehensive text explores disasters from a public health perspective, examining systems and populations. The text's marriage of the public health and emergency management communities will aid the reader in tackling the myriad of disasters, irrespective of type or scope. --Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, Director of Public Health Preparedness, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California at Irvine

Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide will serve as the essential desk reference not only for health professionals responsible for preparing for and responding to disasters, but for emergency managers, government officials, and other decision-makers charged with ensuring that limited resources of the affected community are well-served. --Eric K. Noji, MD, MPH, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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