Week 2 Completion of The Survey Instruments on Dr Blessmans Article Paper Please response to at least two classmates’ posts by either agree or expanding a point or disagree and provide APA references. Find the attachment word file. Public Health Class
Please response to at least two classmates’ posts by either agree or expanding a point or disagree and
provide APA references.
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Week 2 DB
Nisrin Albin Hamad
C O L L A PSE
I was dissatisfied with the completion of the survey instruments on Dr.Blessman’s article
because I have not implemented most of the recommendations he made on emergency
preparedness practices. Most of my responses on emergency preparedness were negative which
a sign of poor performance. The poor performance could have been attributed to many no
responses whereby I was not sure of the most appropriate explanation to give based on the
options provided. Nevertheless, to improve my performance I will take time to review
Blessman’s article a second time to equip myself with the knowledge to choose the most
appropriate explanation for no response.
I don’t agree with Noji’s myths that public health and disasters apply to regional disasters in the
United States or other developed countries or only national-level disasters in third world
countries. This perception is attributed to the fact that the impacts of disasters are indiscriminate
of one’s financial ability or location. One point of consensus everyone would agree with is basic
needs of all disaster victims are common and includes food, water, and shelter. For example, the
need for shelter, safety, and food among victims of Hurricane Charley in Florida in 2004 was
similar to the needs of the 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse victims in 2013 in Bangladesh
(Grabich et al., 2016). Similarly, emergency needs of Jeddah floods in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia in 2017 were similar to the needs of victims of Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings in
Japan back in the year 1945 (French et al.,2018). Based on these incidents, the myths put across
on Noji’s article do not apply to regional disasters in the United States or other developed
countries or only national-level disasters in third world countries.
French, B., Funamoto, S., Sugiyama, H., Sakata, R., Cologne, J., Cullings, H. M., … & Preston,
D. L. (2018). Population density in Hiroshima and Nagasaki before the bombings in
1945: Its measurement and impact on radiation risk estimates in the Life Span Study of
atomic bomb survivors. American journal of epidemiology, 187(8), 1623-1629.
Grabich, S. C., Robinson, W. R., Engel, S. M., Konrad, C. E., Richardson, D. B., & Horney, J.
A. (2016). Hurricane Charley exposure and hazard of preterm delivery, Florida
2004. Maternal and child health journal, 20(12), 2474-2482.
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Discussion on the completed survey
Only factual information forms part of responses to a survey document. Responses are
given considering how our family is prepared for emergency disaster management.
Therefore, I believe that I performed well in this survey.
Application on myths on natural disasters
Myths concerning natural disasters, as advocated by Noji, apply to the United States,
Third World countries, and other nations. This is due to the universality of the natural
cause of the disaster, which in all cases calls for immediate action. For instance, the
myth that assistance is immediately needed applies to all human beings in the event of
disaster occurrence. Whether in the US or other countries, a friend in need is a friend
indeed. Every person in a dire problem requires assistance from others. However,
people’s behavior such as robbery and rioting vary from one country to another. For
example, some people from African nations would respond to disasters but at the
same time use that chance to steal properties. According to Noji (1997), robbery in
Africa is one of the dire consequences of disasters. In America, there is a general
belief that quick and generous response to disasters is human moral behavior which
should be embraced by all.
Some disasters are not random killers. For example, an earthquake can only kill
people living in sloppy areas with valleys and not those on raised grounds. It also
follows that fire disasters can most likely affect individuals residing in slums as
compared to those in modern estates. Therefore, this myth is universal to all world
countries (Pan American Health Organization, 2000). Finally, a volunteer willing to
safe lives of people does not need to have a medical background. Experience may be
considered important in such a case.
Noji EK (1997). The Public Health Consequences of Disasters. New York, Oxford University
Pan American Health Organization (2000). Natural Disasters-Protecting the Public’s Health.
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Disaster preparedness remains significant today nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks that initiated
unprecedented radical measures for emergency treatment. The new approach to emergencies encompasses
institutional/systemic amendments and personal requirements for health professionals. However, overrelying on disasters to learn what may be needed creates myths among professionals and nonprofessionals.
My performance in the survey can be ranked as slightly beyond average or “better prepared.” I have
undertaken precautionary measures in recent years to prevent disasters in my life. I also remain intellectually
prepared as a medical professional in case of unexpected increases in patients requiring urgent medical care.
Additionally, I have taken anticipatory measures such as purchasing a first aid kit for my family’s dwelling
and vehicle to assist in urgent medical care. I am not “most prepared” because the facilities we live in lack
adequate structural safeguards. (Blessman et al., 2007). Lastly, I am continually educating myself by reading
medical materials, watching documentaries, and engaging in debates critical to emergency preparedness.
A majority of the myths apply in developing countries. Among the most notable is the belief that disasters
elicit the worst behaviors in those affected (Noji, 2005). African countries that have experienced civil war
have stories of children becoming soldiers, slaves, and prostitutes to benefit a course they did not
comprehend. Some of these myths apply to developed countries. For example, the belief that assistance is
needed in a medical disaster is common. During the infamous 9/11 attacks, many people showed up to help
despite a significant percentage having little to no medical skills. Therefore, this myth applies to developed
My disaster preparedness was above average. My efforts to improve safety and first aid facilities in my home
heightened my positive performance. On the other hand, the structural limitations in my residence
undermined my score. The myths surrounding medical practice vary regionally based on a country’s
Blessman, J., Skupski, J., Jamil, M., Jamil, H., Bassett, D., Wabeke, R., & Arnetz, B. (2007).
Barriers to at-home-preparedness in public health employees: Implications for
disaster preparedness training. Journal of Occupational and Environmental
Medicine, 49(3), 318-
Noji, E. (2005). Public health issues in disasters. Critical Care
Medicine, 33(Supplement), S29-
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Before even taking the survey by Dr. Blessman, I knew most of my answers were going to be
“no.” I personally took this with two households in mind. One being the home I lived in in
Florida before moving up to Philadelphia just 3 weeks ago. And the other being my current one
in Philadelphia. Before moving, I lived with a roommate in a 3-bedroom house with my dog and
cat, and her critters. My personal responsibilities were pretty minimal. When preparing to
hurricane Irma in 2017 I worked for our local EMS agency, volunteered with the EM office for
Pinellas County, as well taking classes full time. I remember having one day to prepare our
house, move my pets to my parents and pack for 3/5 days of activation. Now where I’m living
currently, I have completely different natural disasters to think about and prepare for. I have not
yet prepared for the new challenges ahead of me. I do believe however that I will be better
prepared up here than I was in FL, I plan to have a “stay bag” in my car in case I get stranded in
“Disasters bring out the worst in human behavior”. Prime example as Dr. Lynn Goldman
explains in her YouTube video speech (Goldman, 2017). When faced with trying to aid her
elderly father evacuate post hurricane Harvey, her first attempt was to reach out to the local law
enforcement, however they were very overwhelmed with other citizens needing aid. So, she
found residents near her father through social media and was able to have them evacuate him to a
safer location until she was able to get into town. Also, the myths of “volunteers with any
medical background are needed, and any kind of assistance is needed immediately.” Bother mind
sets can and have created on many occasions, what is known as a disaster within a disaster
(Managing Spontaneous Volunteers: Spontaneous volunteers, n.d.).
Goldman, D. L. (2017, September 29). Public Health Prepardess and Response to
Disasters. Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm36c8QKxZY
Managing Spontaneous Volunteers: Spontaneous volunteers. (n.d.). Retrieved from National
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