GASP Training Helped Hurricane Katrina Responders React – Part 1

Dr. Dan Diamond
Dr. Dan Diamond

In Part 1 of this special 2-part episode of the Disaster Podcast we visited with Dr. Dan Diamond about his responses to disaster situations around the world and the lessons he has learned about how people respond to the disasters they encounter. In one case he talked about training responders to use GASP-style training. GASP stands for Gaining A Spherical Perspective of a situation. Doing this helps with solving the unique problems that every disaster presents to victims and responders alike.

Dr. Diamond has a passion for equipping people to perform under pressure. He founded and serves as the Director of the Nation’s first state-affiliated medical disaster response team and he has responded to a variety of international disasters. Most recently he responded to the typhoon in the Philippines and he served as the Medical Director for Medical Teams International’s First Response Team to Haiti. Following Hurricane Katrina, he played a strategic role as Director of the Mass Casualty Triage Unit at the New Orleans Convention Center. He has been interviewed on CNN, Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Past-President of NSA Northwest.


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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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4 Replies to “GASP Training Helped Hurricane Katrina Responders React – Part 1”

  1. Angelika Underwood

    Loved this podcast, thank you so much for bringing Dr. Diamond on as a speaker, he sounds like he has a lot to share. I loved how he talked about networking and utilizing resources at a disaster and his grid analysis of people and can’t wait to hear the second part of his talk.

    • Dan Diamond, MD

      Thanks for your kind comments. The key to success is doing whatever you can to make other people successful. It is amazing what can be accomplished by folks that don’t care who gets the credit.

  2. Sam

    Thanks, Angelika. We were really excited to talk with him. He’s an amazing storyteller as well as having learned how to better keep us all safe and functional. Jamie’s right. You’ll love the second half. We’re going to try and get him back because we know there is so much we can learn from this man.

    Appreciate your comment.


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