Pauline Sampson, PharmD Candidate 2020
In this seminar, I learned how to personally prepare for a disaster, how the emergency response systems operate at the local, regional, state and federal level, and most importantly, how pharmacists and pharmacy students can be involved in an emergency response team. This seminar made me realized how unprepared I am when it comes to emergency preparedness because I do not have an emergency kit prepared. Having an emergency kit is essential for survival. Thus, I am planning to build my own emergency kit to put in my house and in my car so that if a disaster occurs, I am more prepared for survival for at least a couple of weeks. The emergency kit will allow me to be able to take care of myself during a disaster. Subsequently, I will be able to help others who are in needs. Before this seminar, I was not aware that pharmacists and pharmacy students can be on a response team to provide drug information, provide vaccinations, dispense medications, and provide other services to the public. Now that I know what pharmacists and pharmacy students can do to help the public during an emergency, I will sign up to be a disaster healthcare volunteer to assist and contribute in any ways that I can when a disaster occurs.
Mariel Camille Santiago, PharmD Canidate 2020
On Wednesday, December 7th, Dr. Glen Tao gave a very informativepresentation on disaster preparedness. Many things were brought to my attentionthat raised my awareness on emergency preparedness and response as a pharmacystudent. Not only did I learn how to be prepared personally, by going through theLAC emergency preparedness checklist; I also learned how I can be prepared for thegood of the rest of my community. This can be helping out on a local, regional, state,and even federal level. There are also many opportunities to help, whether it be anearthquake, flood, utility outage, or a terrorism attack, which hopefully will nothappen! Specifically in the realm of pharmacy, we as pharmacy professionals canuse our skills of dispensing, drug information, and clinical pharmacy skills duringmass dispensing or mass vaccinations. Dr. Tao brought to light that even we, aspharmacy students, can make a difference when disaster strikes.