Red Cross Disaster Conference

So terribly vital is caring during disasters, pandemics, and other extreme conditions!

That's actually the theme of a Red Cross conference coming up may 1st at Armstrong Atlantic.

Statement of the need and purpose of the conference.

The onslaught of disasters in the United States has increased at an astounding rate during the last decade. Following September 11, 2001, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality stated that "The very group that would handle the consequences of an attack has yet to receive widespread education on the subject". Four years later, America would be challenged again with Hurricane Katrina. In order to properly execute a coordinated response, healthcare providers, emergency planners, and first responders must have at least a basic core knowledge of what to anticipate and how to respond to working under extreme conditions.

The purpose of this conference is to stimulate discussion as well as further educate individuals and groups responsible for the safety, security, and survival of future victims of disasters. As an example, nurses represent the largest group of healthcare providers in the country. However, data supports the fact that nurses do not receive the necessary education to effectively respond. The American Nurses Association has recently published a document to this effect and the findings stated in this document will be presented at the conference.

It is also the intent of this conference to encourage participation and foster a partnership among various disciplines involved with preparedness and response. The conference was designed to be broad in scope in both subject matter and target audience. This is accomplished by offering concurrent sessions that will appeal to a variety of attendees including preparedness officials, community leaders, healthcare providers and Red Cross personnel and volunteers. It is imperative for the future of our communities that we build an informed and prepared response force so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

Objectives and Target Audience

A driving concept of this conference is to foster a partnership among the various disciplines involved with preparedness and response. Therefore, concurrent sessions are offered that align with the educational needs of a multiple of roles bringing together an eclectic blend of experts and interest groups. The objectives of these sessions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Examine the ethical dilemma of whom doctors should let die in a pandemic or disaster
  • Describe the adaptation of standards of care in extreme condition and when these should be implemented
  • Identify the current status of the H5N1 virus and the potential impact to the U.S. in a pandemic
  • Discuss distribution procedures for transporting mass casualty victims to area hospitals
  • Review protocols for mass casualty identification and accountability
  • Illustrate how to establish an incident command center during a disaster
  • Examine evacuation lessons learned and how to improve in future disasters

The target audience for this conference includes nurses, physicians, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, hospital administrators, Red Cross volunteers, civil preparedness officials, emergency managers, and anyone else with an interest in disaster preparedness. Marketing will be done on a national level to draw from a larger geographical pool of interested parties.

Friday, May 1st
At: 8 AM - 5 PM
Located at: Armstrong Center

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