Hat Task 4 Competency 725.8.8: Emergency Response

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Running head: HAT TASK 4 COMPETENCY 725.8.8: EMERGENCY RESPONSE 1 T Task 4 Competency HA725.8.8: Emergency Response Kevin Castle Western Governors University HAT TASK 4 COMPETENCY 725.8.8: EMERGENCY RESPONSE HAT Task 4 Competency 725.8.8: Emergency Response 2 The roles of major health personnel are important during a disaster. The role of the public health group was to go to the flooded area in the SW section of the Carder Township. This area was flooded by the creek there and had cut off the access. Their job was to bring basic supplies and assess the situation there. The Public Health Director assesses the needs of special populations. Finding out who has special needs such as the geriatric population, those on medical equipment that require electricity, and those who need their medications must be done as soon as possible. Assessing the condition of the water treatment facilities is another job this person does. Flooding can cause contamination to the water facilities and any private wells. Contaminated water can lead to illnesses in those who drink it. The director is also responsible for getting out public service announcements to the public about the handling of food and water. Food prepared at someone’s home should not be allowed in shelters. Food must be kept at a certain temperature and not left out to be safe. Water must be treated to prevent diseases and illness. The director is responsible for contacting vendors to obtain sanitation facilities such as Port-A-Potties. In addition to these roles, it was important to get information out about who was at risk and needed tetanus immunizations. The Environmental Health Specialists (EHS) is responsible for the “health” of the community. This includes basic services such as food safety, water supply, shelter, sanitation and waste management. They ensure safe, potable water is available to prevent

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