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Disasters and Public Health


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Plan effectively and mitigate the health impact of disasters, from pandemic flu to dirty bombs!

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Introduction 1. General Public Health Preparedness 2. Bioterrorism 3. Bombings and Explosions 4. Chemical Disasters 5. Earthquakes 6. Floods 7. Heatwaves 8. Hurricanes 9. Nuclear and Radiological Disasters 10. Pandemic Influenza 11. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes 12. Volcanoes 13. Wildfires 14. Winter Storms

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Bruce Clements is the Public Health Preparedness Director for the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas where he is responsible for health and medical preparedness and response programs ranging from pandemic influenza to the health impact of hurricanes. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Louis University's School of Public Health, Institute for BioSecurity. Clements served over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard as a Public Health Officer and a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Defense Instructor; a Hazardous Materials Specialist with an Urban Search and Rescue Team; and as a Safety Officer with a Disaster Medical Assistance Team.


"Provides the nuts and bolts of preparedness which is only poorly presented in other texts."--Gregory Evans, Director of the Institute for Bio-Security at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health

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