Public Health Emergency Preparedness
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Table 1.1. Types of Disasters
- Hurricanes or cyclones.
- Infestations or disease epidemics.
- Ice or hail storms.
- Hazardous materials releases or spills.
- Transportation crashes or derailments.
- Unintentional explosions or collapses.
- Power outages.
Terrorism, National or International Violence
- Bombings or explosions.
- Multiple or mass shootings.
- Chemical agent releases.
- Cult-related violence.
- Biological agent releases.
- Nuclear agent releases.
Humanitarian Disasters, Complex Emergencies
- War or violent political conflict.
- Genocidal acts.
- Shelter, feeding, or medical care of displaced populations.
Source: Courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics. From: Rooming LE. Disaster Management. In APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, 4th ed., Gausche-Hill M, Fuchs S, Yamamoto L (eds). Sudbury MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2003, pp. 542-67.
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