Archive for the 'Emergencies & Natural Disasters' Category

10
May
12

training first responders

DWIGHT POLK, PARAMEDIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES
In this new video, Polk discusses the stress management and training needs of emergency service professionals. Learn about how he helps first responders cope with on-the-job stress and catch a glimpse of the his new book “Law Enforcement Responder,” an innovative textbook for police officers responding to emergency situations.

Unfamiliar with EHS? Check out this quick video intro on the program, which is producing a new generation of paramedics trained in holistic pre-hospital health care, including mental health. Polk says, “There is no student anywhere in the United States, as a paramedic student, that gets the clinical exposure to mental illness and behavioral emergencies that our students do.”

Also, learn why Polk is so passionate about being a teacher and adviser, guiding UMBC students to life-saving careers.

04
May
09

in case of tornado, keep your seatbelt fastened

RICK BISSELL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES

For 50 years the National Weather Service (NWS) has been advising people driving in the path of tornados to abandon their cars or mobile homes and lie flat in a ditch if no other shelter was available, and the Weather Channel has repeated this advice since launching 20 years ago.

That was until late last week, when the Weather Channel broadcast new tornado safety guidelines my team developed for the American Red Cross, which recommends staying in your car with the seatbelt fastened and ignition running throughout a tornado warning.

As head of the Preparedness Subcouncil of the American Red Cross, we recently spent a year reviewing scientific literature behind public safety messages related to natural hazards such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, etc. We found no evidence to support the NWS suggestion that people should lie in a ditch during a tornado if they cannot find solid shelter. Instead, we found evidence that automobiles provide substantially more protection than mobile homes or being outside. (By the way, who would want to lie in a ditch in a storm with pounding rain, hail, and lightning?)

Working with one of the most active researchers in tornado safety, Dr. Tom Schmidlin from Kent State University, we developed new tornado public advisory guidelines for the Red Cross and our federal partners (FEMA, NOAA, HHS, NWS, etc). We recommended that if you are outside, or in a mobile home, and can reach a car but cannot reach a sturdy building, you should get in the car. I sent this new public advisory and the supporting literature to Dr. Greg Forbes at the Weather Channel and he immediately broadcast the updated guidelines. Click here to watch the new advisory.

American Red Cross updates tornado safety guidelines for driving

American Red Cross updates tornado safety guidelines for driving

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