205157 Experiences of the American Red Cross in its provision of services for people with disabilities during Hurricane Katrina and its plans for emergency preparedness

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:50 PM

Dee Yeater, RN BA , Disaster Health Services, American Red Cross, Washington, DC
The American Red Cross has had a long and successful history of providing essential services for victims of catastrophes and major emergencies. It is important to understand the role of the American Red Cross in preparing for a national plan that will respond promptly and effectively in times of national peril. Health information technology plays an important role in the development of a new protocol for emergency preparedness and response.

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objective 1: Describe the mission of the American Red Cross in responding to national, state and community emergencies. Learning Objective 2: Discuss some of the major health problems related to a state and community catastrophe like Katrina. Learning Objective 3: Discuss ways in which Health Information Technology can provide a more effective coordinated approach to emergency response, incorporating both governmental and private sector organizations.

Keywords: Health Information Systems, Disasters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: April Wood is a emergency preparedness and dsiaster services professional. Her credentials include a BSN, RN, EMT. In addition she is certified in emergency nursing. She currently manages the American Red Cross' Disaster Health Services Division.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.