Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation

Emergency Management
Online Course
45 minutes
University of Minnesota
Simulations, Exercises and Effective Education PERLC

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In this simulation, the learner will assume the perspective of various public health professionals responding to a natural disaster. They will make decisions on behalf of a county public health director, a public health nurse, an environmental health specialist, and other public health professionals. By approaching the emerging public health issues from these perspectives, the players gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, the decisions that colleagues in other disciplines face, and how those decisions impact his or her area of expertise.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify public health concerns resulting from the simulated natural disaster
  • Apply risk communication principles to public health concerns associated with the simulated natural disaster
  • Correlate characters’ attributes to roles within the Public Health Incident Command System
  • Describe the primary roles in an Emergency Operations Center
  • Choose appropriate actions within the simulated scenario to minimize risk associated with food safety
  • Describe the roles of public health disciplines within the simulated disaster
  • Identify at least two individual knowledge gaps associated with the simulated scenario
  • Integrate learnings about the public health response and recovery of other public health disciplines into future disaster planning
PHEP Capabilities: 
Emergency Operations Coordination
Emergency Public Information and Warning