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Doctor insights on: Disasters

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Who helps prepare for natural disasters?

Internat. agencies: Many international organizations prepare for natural disasters and provide relief if possible. This includes a number of un agencies, international red cross, medicins sans frontieres, and a number of other agencies. Many charitable agencies spring up in the wake of natural disasters including religious related ones and citizen generated ones. ...Read more

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What helps prepare for natural disasters?

Many things: Storing some water, canned foods, a means of heating things, having flashlights and lanterns, means of dealing with predators, having hunting gear, tents, alternative means of transport, and communication equipment will all be helpful. There are books and web sites on this subject. ...Read more

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What diseases become out of natural disasters?

Trauma and hygiene: Diseases related to natural disasters occur during and after. During the disaster trauma can occur. A crash injury, fire, or something un planned like a fall. If you can, evacuate before the storm. After the disaster the diseases related to hygiene, fresh food and water become a major issue. Also people with prior medical needs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can I recover emotionally from a hurricane disaster?

Recover emotionally: It will be tough. Many folks you know will do well during and after the hurricane but many will not. Fortunately the likelihood of a hurricane in Chicago is quite limited! ...Read more

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What besides insurance can I do to get major coverage in case of disaster?

What besides insurance can I do to get major coverage in case of disaster?

Call your agent: Your insurance company representative will have data on all the potential alternatives. ...Read more

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What kind of food should I store in preparation for a radioactive disaster?

What kind of food should I store in preparation for a radioactive disaster?

All food: could potentially become contaminated when exposed to radiation. A radiation proof storage system is what you need for both food and water. Then, in addition to medical/sanitaton supplies you need emergency heat, lighting and communication sources. Also, in a nuclear disease you might need a geiger counter, gas mask(s), fallout meter, potassium iodide tablets, among other things. ...Read more

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I love assisting people. How do I get involved in disaster counseling, etc...?

I love assisting people.  How do I get involved in disaster counseling, etc...?

Law enforcement: No one, not even a physician, can do as much genuine good in a community as a wise police officer. It was my first career choice, and only when i discovered i had much more science smarts than street smarts did i settle for runner-up and become a physician. Whatever you choose, keep your eyes peeled to those in need in your own community, especially the neglected kids in your own neighborhood. ...Read more

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Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

No: The amount of radiation is negligible compared with the background that Mother Nature provides from outer space, natural radioactivity in rocks, and even the isotopes in your own body. There is nothing "enlightened" about being frightened by disinformation, even from "friends of the environment" / conspiracy talkers. I know no physician or scientist who's at all concerned. ...Read more

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Pre disaster planning for tsunami?

Pre disaster planning for tsunami?

Move: Tsunamis only occur in coastal regions. Depending upon your fear of risk, you could move away from the coast if that is too fearful for you. A true tsunami is so powerful that there is nothing you can do to protect yourself except to be alert to warnings and quickly get to higher ground when there is a prediction of one. Look at the extensive damage of the recent japanese one - no place to hide. ...Read more

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What occurs in a hospital during a natural disaster?

What occurs in a hospital during a natural disaster?

Planning: Every hospital has an emergency response plan. Just as they are able to plan for more than the usual number of injured in case of an accident, they have plans for loss of light, water and communication. Backup generators will keep things running as calmly as possible. If people are not safe to stay in the hospital, they will be relocated to safe locatiions. ...Read more

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