Reflection #1: Jonathan Choi, PharmD Candidate 2019
This lecture dealt with ways to be prepared in the event of a disaster. The most important first step is to secure yourself and family. Before helping others, it’s important to make sure that your family is safe first and that means preparing food, water, and toiletries to be able to last you for a few days. As a health care professional, it’s important to be even more prepared, since you won’t want to be worrying for your family while you are helping others. So a major take home point is to develop an emergency plan with the family. By having a designated meeting area, it can ensure that everyone in the family is accounted for.
After the immediate family is accounted for, health care providers can then offer care for others. There are stockpiles that are stored in secret locations for the event of disaster. Licensed individuals will be the only ones who can access and dispense these medications and supplies.
As a health volunteer, we will be immune to law suits and we will get liability protection. Health care providers should be pre –registered and can be deployed in the local area. In the event of a disaster, the goal of treatment is to see as many people as possible. The system is designed to maximize efficiency and the goal is 1500 clients per hour in a high school gymnasium!
Reflection #2 Chanh Pham, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Tao informed us about disaster preparedness and how to prepare for an emergency in times of natural or human disasters. It is wise for everyone to stockpile essential resources in both their homes and their cars in case of an emergency in which resources would become scarce due to supply lines being cut off. Some of these essential items are, but not limited to, one gallon of water per individual as well as one gallon of water per pet, warm clothes, canned foods, comfortable shoes, and tools. You should also keep cash on hand. Also, the number one highest demanded item during a natural disaster is a power generator, so having one of these is also a very good idea because many people nowadays will need portable electrical power. Not only should we stockpile resources, but we should also make these resources mobile. For example, it is better to have reservoir five gallon jugs of water that could be carried around than to buy a huge reservoir of water that is stationary. A keeper that I took away from this informative lecture is that as a healthcare professional, I should be prepared and be able to survive for more than the average individual, which is for 3-5 days, during a disaster. This is because I should not only be able to help myself, but I should be able to help everyone around me survive for a longer period of time during a disaster.
It was also interesting to learn that we are due for an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that will most likely cause massive damage to infrastructure and utilities, and cut supply lines. There are giant fault lines that run through LA county and also one that runs through Pomona. Knowing this, I will want to better prepare for this disaster.