Select a potential natural or man-made disaster that could happen in your community (Austin, TX). Then, write a 3- to 4-page paper about the disaster from the community nurse’s perspective.

Section 1: The Disaster, Man-Made or Natural

  • What disasters may strike your community and why? For example, do you live in “Tornado Alley,” or has climate change resulted in unusual cold weather snaps or blizzards in your community? Are you located in a flood plain? Include possible diseases that may result from a natural disaster, such as tetanus or cholera.

Section 2: The Nursing Response

  • Formulate responses to the disaster, considering systems and community levels of intervention.
  • Review websites where a disaster plan may be available for the public, or if one is not currently available, call public health department to see if a disaster plan exists for your community and what the plan contains.
    • In addition to reviewing websites for information about your local disaster plan, you will need to locate best practice/evidence-based practice guidelines in professional literature to determine whether your community’s disaster plan is as sound as it might be or if there is room for improvement.

Section 3: Is My Community Prepared for a Disaster?

  • What conclusions can you draw about your community’s preparedness plan from having completed this evaluation?

Location is Austin, TX.  

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Please ensure every question above is answered in the paper. 

Disaster Planning: Hurricanes

Grace Guobadia

Walden University

September 30, 2018

Disaster Planning: Hurricanes

The Disaster

Living in Houston, TX, one of the most common disasters we are faced with is Hurricanes. As we are located close to the Gulf of Mexico, we have suffered through the ramifications that come with Hurricanes. The most significant consequence we have to tackle is damage caused by extreme winds and flooding. One year ago, we were victims of Hurricane Harvey, a storm that practically shut down the city of Houston for several weeks. We are still in the recovery period, but there were several lessons learned after dealing with such an unfortunate situation.

The Nursing Response

Community nurses serve as leaders in disaster preparedness and responses (Veenema, 2017). To be an efficient leader, nurses must create and implement specific community plans that will prepare the citizens to face a disaster. Preparing for a Hurricane requires many difficult tasks, but they all serve to keep the community safe from harm. While my community has fallen victim to several hurricanes, we were not prepared for the damaged caused by Hurricane Harvey. The lessons learned from that natural disaster has reiterated the need for a disaster plan.

The most important decision to make before creating a hurricane disaster plan is to decide whether your family will leave or stay. As a community nurse, my community will be better served if I’m able to stay and assist. My disaster plan will be built around preparing to stay and wait out any potential hurricanes. I would first monitor the weather forecasts for the week leading up to the hurricane to try and get an account of what areas are expected to get affected the most. For the areas projected to get the most wind and rain, I plan to educate my community regarding the resources available to them. The city of Houston has an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) that provides critical information on how to prepare for a disaster. Community members can easily locate the website for this office using a google search. The OEM helps persons prepare based on whether they will stay when the disaster hits or whether they will leave. Additionally, the website provides information regarding how to maintain contact with loved ones, how to contact the emergency line to get weather and emergency response updates, and how to create an emergency supply kit.

All disaster plans must be practiced so all details are accounted for. Nurses are responsible to participate in disaster planning throughout their careers, so they are always prepared (Veenema, 2017). As I work in a major hospital, we have emergency procedures that are implemented during a hurricane. Firstly, we have a flood gat

Disaster Preparedness: Flooding

Chijindu Ndubisi

Walden University

October 2, 2018

Disaster Preparedness: Flooding

The Disaster

In my community of Austin, TX, there aren’t many natural disasters that we could possibly be faced with. The most hazardous disaster Austin is at risk for is flooding. Austin has several bodies of water that flow through the city and surrounding areas in addition to lots of hills and forestation. Austin is also located in Central Texas, an area known for being close to and below sea level in many areas. The combination of those factors creates a perfect recipe for a flooding disaster. Additionally, there are numerous situations where people can become infected with illnesses because of being exposed to contaminated waters during flooding (McClung, 2017). Flood victims can be exposed to Legionella, Pseudomonas, Giardia, and many other gastrointestinal illnesses. The nurse can assist with disaster preparedness by helping to educate the community on how to protect their health during exposure to environmental hazards.

The Nursing Response

As with all other healthcare needs, prevention is the first step the community nurse should take to prepare their community for potential flooding. Collaboration among multiple agencies is necessary and requires a great amount of complexity given the number of different organizations that will be involved (Rafferty-Semon, 2017). Nurses offer unique skill sets in managing emergencies. Examples include proper assessment, priority recognition, communication, and collaboration skills. Competent nurses can also use these skills to make significant decisions under duress (Rafferty-Semon, 2017).

Because state and national funding is limited for practicing disaster plans on a community level, the nurse can be most effective by connecting community members to the resources available during a disaster. Austin has several different options that offer the same emergency services to the public. Austin is within Travis County and I can direct the community to the county website where they can find emergency planning information. This website tells the public where they can find updated weather forecasts, road blocks and closures due to flood waters, and contact numbers for the community members to relay non-emergency weather damage. This website will also assist the public with creating an emergency plan for their family and flood survival kits. My community also has a disaster relief network where I, in addition to other interested parties, can train and get certified in disaster preparation. I would highly encourage all community members to take this sort of training so that we can support one anoth