Pharmacist Readiness Roles for Emergency Preparedness

Laura L. Pincock; Michael J. Montello; Matthew J. Tarosky; William F. Pierce; Calvin W. Edwards


Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2011;68(7):620-623. 

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Personal Preparedness for Disaster-readiness Responders

All individuals who participate in a disaster-response mission must be personally prepared for a disaster in order to be an effective member of the disaster-response team. Disaster-readiness pharmacists must

  • Maintain mental and physical fitness to mitigate the risk of injury to themselves, teammates, or patients,

  • Maintain appropriate clothing, uniform, and protective equipment to protect themselves from exposure to environmental risks,

  • Obtain current vaccinations for all available biological risks to which they may potentially be exposed,

  • Understand the National Response Framework, NIMS, and Incident Command System,

  • Appreciate the safety and security concerns and how to mitigate them in a disaster response,

  • Make provisions for "continuity of operations" for home and primary work environments, and

  • Maintain appropriate personal equipment, such as a sleeping bag, a tent, and toiletries, to address basic necessities in a disaster.

Failure to consider personal-preparedness requirements could place the responder, his or her coworkers, and patients at risk for an untoward event.


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