Mobilizing Disaster Resources in This Episode of the Disaster Podcast

Flood in 2014 - Maglaj - Bosnia And HerzegovinaIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined again by Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. The panel chats about the ways major disaster responses are set up from the initial responders on scene through the follow-up help from State, regional and Federal resources as needed.

It’s noted by the group that first local responders must request assistance from their higher chain of command. That is usually up to the state level. At that point the Governor must issue a disaster declaration and through a very specific set of language, request aid from federal or regional resources. It is this specific language in the request that determines the type of support that is called in.

The challenge for local and state resources is that it takes 72 hours (3 days) to mobilize federal resources and get them on site. This means that all local resources must be prepared to operate independently in the event of a disaster for up to 3 days without further assistance from outside.

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Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.


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