Organization For The Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons (OPCW.org). Retrieved from: Research "Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina". How do these lessons from a natural disaster compare to those learned from the other incidents about which you have read in this course. From the readings, the one common thread was the delay in the initial response due to bureaucracy in decision making. To date, Hurricane Katrina has been the most deadly and costlynatural disaster on U.S soil with 1.833 people killed and $125 billion in damage. Even though FEMA has taken the brunt of the blame for the response inadequacies, it is actually the State Governor that has responsibility for initial emergency protocols. FEMA supports the efforts instituted by the Governor. One thing that came out of Katrina was that state and federal entities,such as SAR, the military assets, and engineers, coordinate efforts instead of duplicating them (Block, 2015).Block, D. Lessons Learned From Katrina, 10 Years Later (2015, August 27), VOA News. Retrieved from: Analyze the role of the media at all disasters, particularly a terrorist event, and how media presence can impact operations. These days it seems that the 24/7 news media sources have the “scoop” before or simultaneously as first responders are able to obtain it. This capability is a double edged sword because it could be beneficial in assisting the public with vital information regarding loved ones or spreading bad information just as fast. Informational reports should be controlled through official press releases through a public information officer (PIO). This way the information is factual and vetted through official sources. The inception of Youtube and Facebook has given anyone with a smartphone the ability post video and it go viral within minutes. This can affect your operations with a flood of worried parents or angry onlookers that wish to occupy your scene. The instantaneous coverage and different vantage points covered by helicopters and other unsecured areas could give the terrorist(s) an advantage with secondary devices.Discuss how a clearer system of unified command could have helped solve some of the problems related to exposures and public health preparedness. The ability to communicate during
disasters is paramount whether you are the first responders on the scene or you are health care facilities preparing for the long term effects of the incident. Since each discipline has their own language, policies and procedures, it is better to have a unified command, where each organization is represented, to clearly interpret the information coming in, process it and disseminate it for improved outcomes. Respond to each of following questions
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