Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH

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October 07, 2009

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Clinicians can play a significant role in counseling patients about preventive measures associated with emergency preparedness. They can lead by example and encourage other clinicians in their communities and professional organizations to do the same. Clinicians can evaluate their patients' emergency preparedness plans as part of routine health maintenance. They can engage their staff members and other ancillary agencies in this process to provide support, encouragement, and referrals to assist patients to develop and maintain their plans.

Clinician counseling should emphasize the importance of judicious planning and following evacuation orders and other recommendations by government agencies. Clinicians should also engage their professional specialty organizations in stronger education campaigns directed at clinicians and patients and stay abreast of these recommendations as well as those provided by local, state, and federal government agencies.

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