What Are the Characteristics of a Population for Which a Mean/Median/Mode Would Be Appropriate? Inappropriate
Many of you are reading this manual as part of your efforts to prepare as a spiritual care professional who will be ready to respond during times of disaster. Your main role will be to provide emotional and spiritual support to those affected by disaster, but it is also critical for you to understand the context in which you will be providing this support—the bigger picture, so to speak.
Disaster relief operations are complex systems having more to them than just a response mechanism. They require a signiﬁcant amount of pre-planning. …show more content…
Planning and Preparedness Phase
The Planning and Preparedness Phase is designed to structure the disaster response prior to the occurrence of a disaster. It is a state of readiness to respond to a disaster or other emergency situation and involves evaluating the community’s potential disaster risks, vulnerabilities, and the likelihood for a disaster to occur. This risk assessment process is sometimes referred to as an All-Hazards Analysis 2. An All-Hazards Analysis can be completed at multiple levels, including:
• Federal, state, and county levels • Hospital, business and agency levels • Personal and family levels
Depending on the disaster, there are some incidents that may present more risk and challenge than others for hospitals. For example, a small house ﬁre may present minimal risk for both a community and a hospital if they have the resources to adequately respond to the needs of the individuals involved. A large structural ﬁre, such as a 23 ﬂoor ofﬁce building with multiple people killed or suffering signiﬁcant burn injuries, may present signiﬁcant challenges for both the community and the health care system, no matter how large the city or how many resources they have at hand. Communities and houses of worships’ systems must assess the risk of such scenarios