Reflection #1: Ared Baghran, PharmD Candidate 2021
This week’s seminar was about disaster preparedness & response for pharmacy professionals. I learned that during a disaster, the Board of Pharmacy relaxes their regulations on pharmacy operations in order to make it easier for pharmacists to respond to crises. Biological, chemical, nuclear/radiological, and natural disasters/trauma are just some of the areas of disaster that pharmacists can focus their efforts on. Student pharmacists can protect the safety of themselves and their family members, before expanding their aid to others. I learned that water is the most important necessity for survival. Food, clothing/shelter, and mental preparedness are other essentials after water. One of the ways personal preparedness can be accomplished is by having emergency kits such as the one recommended by LAC, which includes water, food, cash/documents, clothes, flashlight, first aid kit, medicine, radio/batteries, toiletries, and tools for medical equipment. I can use this information to better prepare myself for disasters as well as ensure the safety of people around me as a student pharmacist. Since Los Angeles County is 10 years overdue for a massive earthquake, everyone who lives there should have 14 days worth of preparedness.
Reflection #2: Quynh Anh Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2021
During the seminar, he talks about the board encourages its licensees to volunteer and become involved in local state, and national emergency and disaster preparedness efforts. He discusses about the list of emergency preparedness items that it is important to prepare. For examples, water, snacks, and tools for medical uses such as oxygen tank wrench, fire extinguisher, adjustable wrench, sturdy gloves and whistle, and toilet papers, trash bags as well as towel paper. He also talks about the office/car emergency kit tip such as what to pack and how to pack before evacuate out of the area. For instance, you would need to pack extra clean clothes, socks, and underwear. You would also need to pack tennis shoes, walking shoes for comforts and mobility. You should also pack jacket, hat, insect repellant, rain gear, extra set of house key and car keys, extra pair of glasses, toothbrush, jack knife and ect. For kids, it is important to bind the correct items as well. For example, you should pack for kids empty sipper cup, drinker container, plastic utensils, packaged fruit drinks, emergency water packets, family photo, plush toys, food bars, packaged snacks (your kid's favorite one), flashlight, batteries, crayons, activity book and deck of playing cards. Other useful facts are to build up your emergency supplies gradually, spread your expenses over time. Keep alot of cash on hands ins mall bills. Keep your automobile tank gas filled at least half-way when practicable, and keep your existence of your emergency supplies.