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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?

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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Disasters (Tip)

Nearly 60% of disaster- related deaths are due to earthquakes. ...See more

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What diseases become out of natural disasters?

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?

Natural disasters: Can have devastating effects emotionally, spiritually, financially and physically. We were hit by Ivan and Katrina & they rocked us to our core. Allow yourself to grieve your losses. Express your emotions. Find a support system. This type of event can sometimes bring communities together. Consider seeing spiritual adviser. If you get emotionally stuck - consider working with a therapist. ...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?

Pre-Tsunami planning: Pre-Tsunami planning:
•Call Civil Defense for your tsunami risk in your area and local warning arrangements.
•Have food and water, torch or a self-charging torch Radio with spare batteries, wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, strong outdoor shoes, first aid kit, medicines, blankets, sleeping bags and Important documents.
•Move to the nearest higher ground
•Monitor on Local TV and Radio ...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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Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

Can happen: Ptsd can result from witnessing or being victim of a natural disaster, especially if the emotional trauma is overwhelming and therefore hard to integrate into everyday experience. Ptsd doesn't always happen, though: two people can have the same traumatic experience and only one gets ptsd. The causes of ptsd are not completely understood, & are likely some mixture of genes and experience. ...Read more

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What are the common natural disasters coping mechanisms?

Depends: On what you are asking! In "general" when people are in natural disasters they are in shock. There is fear/anxiety, and grief. There are many ways people cope in response to disasters, and I would suggest going to FEMA. Org for more info. People who have a disaster plan in advance will do better coping than those that do not, so like they say in the Boy Scouts, "Be prepared! " ...Read more

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Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices have "cloud based" EMRs (electronic med records) so even if a clinic were to be destroyed, the records are safe. It's a good idea to keep your own set of "records" in case of disaster (meds, important medical information) that you can take with you. ...Read more

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and natural disasters, are they related?

Naturaldisaster/PTSD: Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornados or hurricanes, forest
fires, floods, volcanic eruptions, landslides, or tsunamis can cause Posttraumatic stress disorder.

Traumatic experience can cause:
Shock with disbelief
• Panic, anxiety and depression.
• Flashbacks: repeated and vivid memories of the event with rapid heartbeat or sweating.
• Fear that the emotional event will be repeated ...Read more

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What makes cholera such a difficult disease to manage in disaster areas?

What makes cholera such a difficult disease to manage in disaster areas?

No infrastructure: The lack of a public health infrastructure is behind such outbreaks...The absence of safe, clean drinking water spreads the infection...And the absence of available health care to keep patients hydrated (death is from fluid loss)...And no sewage system to keep the pathogen out of the water. ...Read more

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Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Disease and Disaster: The vectors of disease in disasters include contaminated water, contaminated food, and exposure to the natural elements. Clean water, clean food, and access to shelter and warmth are critical. Without it, exposure to the elements, germs in contaminated food and water, and lack of hygiene expose one to infection, shock, and starvation of nutrients as well as the cold and temperature change. ...Read more

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Is packing Carnation Instant Breakfast mix good enough for emergency disaster food? Could I eat it every day?

Is packing Carnation Instant Breakfast mix good enough for emergency disaster food? Could I eat it every day?

Breakfast On The Go!: Good day;
You probably could survive on a daily dose of Carnation Instant Breakfast; however, a banana or an apple with a cereal bar could work as well. Try varying your breakfast choices - breakfast gives you morning fuel power!! ...Read more

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Shootings on nearby campus yesterday, tornado on cousin's campus today. How do I prepare my teen for disasters?

Shootings on nearby campus yesterday, tornado on cousin's campus today. How do I prepare my teen for disasters?

Counseling: You may want to have an open discussion about fears and how to approach challenges in life. Listen to your teen's concerns and provide insight and guidance for how to manage those specific concerns ...Read more

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Will I get PTSD from surviving a natural disaster?

Will I get PTSD from surviving a natural disaster?

PTSD: It is not certain that you will get PTSD after a natural disaster but it does raise the probability that this can happen. PTSD can be a natural reaction to trauma and getting therapy for it can help it resolve. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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