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Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters

The United States' public health and healthcare delivery system are among the most vital components of the nation's preparedness against terrorism and natural disasters. On a smaller scale, this is also true for a community's preparedness against terrorism and natural disasters. However, when there are no plans and no action steps to fight against public health disasters or when a community does not developed performance indicators to measure the emergency preparedness program effectiveness for disasters, then there are consequences. Please give your complete thoughts on the following questions:

1. What if any, are the consequences for a community if it has not adequately
prepared for public health disasters?

2. What if any, are the consequences for a community if it has not adequately
developed performance indicators to measure program effectiveness?

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The consequences for a community that is not adequately prepared for public health disasters, are far-reaching and potentially devastating. One of the primary consequences that a community that is not adequately prepare for public health disaster will experience, is a continuous spread of any contagious disease that may be the source of a given health disaster. Without adequate safety measures into place, such as a plan to quarantine individuals that are suffering from highly contagious and dangerous diseases, the disease will continuously spread throughout the community, and the problem will be exacerbated to the degree that it may become uncontrollable. In a scenario of this nature, many lives ...

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