Utilizing Government Resources in a Disaster

Emergency Management
Online Course
2 hours
University of Alabama
South Central PERLC

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The expectation in emergencies is that all citizens affected in the disaster area receive prompt appropriate care. Hurricane Katrina caused extensive and severe damage over the southeastern United States, including the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Federal disaster declarations blanketed 90,000 square miles of the United States, including 49 counties in Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina has been classified as the worst natural disaster to affect the United States to date. This presentation will provide valuable information, facts, and lessons learned from Katrina that will help all states with future disasters. Conference faculty are emergency management professionals that will provide insight from both a public health and planning perspective. They will also provide an overview of the state's role and federal role in both planning and response activities; discuss valuable documents such as the Stafford Act, National Response Plan, and Concept of Operations; and assets available to assist with emergency healthcare needs.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Explain what happens when a state declares a state of emergency
  • Describe how the Federal ESF 8 function interacts with the State ESF 8 function
  • List the Federal ESF 8 assets that are available to states with declared emergencies
  • Explain the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act - or Stafford Act - and how it assists impacted disaster areas
  • Describe the authority for the National Response Plan and how it works
  • Define the Federal ESF 8’s Concept of Operations
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness