Disaster & Emergency Preparedness

We live in a time of climate change, natural disasters, and fear of terrorism and pandemics.  As physicians, we have an obligation to provide care for patients not just under “normal” circumstances but also during these potential crises.  The Disaster Preparedness Committee is dedicated to helping physicians prepare themselves, their families, and their medical practices for these eventualities.  Below is a list of Internet links that may assist Maryland physicians in this endeavor.

Web Sites for Disaster Preparedness Education

General Disaster Prep info:

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

FEMA National Incident Management System

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Preparedness Office

More specific prep with links to training:

FEMA Training Independent Study Site

National Disaster Life Support Foundation (for BDLS/ADLS training)

FEMA Training Site

Infectious disease disaster info:

Centers for Disease Control 

ProMed Mail Database

Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)

Link to Maryland Responds volunteer organization:

Maryland Responds Volunteer Center

Maryland Board of Physicians Volunteer Corps

Radiologic disaster prep site

Family disaster preparedness video game (adults and kids)

Maryland CERT

Emergency Management Assistance Compact