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Thursday, 08 November 2018 15:20


FEMA and its emergency management partner organizations today released the video of Dr. Sheri Fink’s PrepTalk, “Triage, Ethics, And Operations: Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response,” from the third PrepTalk symposium event on Sept. 6, 2018.

Dr. Fink is author of “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” about events that took place during Hurricane Katrina and her latest article, “Lost in the Storm,” tracks a family’s attempts to be rescued during Hurricane Harvey. In her PrepTalk, Dr. Fink shares those two real-world case studies that demonstrate the value of situational awareness, the complexities of prioritizing limited resources, and the importance of ensuring systems can effectively support operational decisions. “How we allocate the resources that we have in disasters; how we choose who gets the resources … is going to affect the outcome,” said Dr. Fink.

Her PrepTalk video and the question-and-answer session that followed, as well as a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/fink. Additional PrepTalks from the Sept. 6 symposium held in Washington, D.C. will be released in the coming months.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.