Emerging Disease During Disasters and Emergencies

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Infectious disease outbreaks are uncommon after disasters but the combination of factors have the potential to amplify emerging diseases that were previously in the affected area. These factors that may increase the risks for disease transmission include population displacement, overcrowding, lack of healthcare services, poor sanitation and hygiene, unsafe water, and low vaccine coverage for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Please answer the following questions:

  1. What facilities and procedures does your organization or your local fire district/hospital have in place for infectious or emerging pandemics for public health preparedness during disasters or emergencies?
  2. Do you believe that the facility or practice is adequate to meet the demands of a large volume of infected patients? Why or why not?

Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations (fema.gov)

Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices | FEMA.gov

Summary of Guidance for Public Health Strategies to Address High Levels of Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and Related Deaths, December 2020 | MMWR (cdc.gov)

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