CDC says lessons learned from Katrina help to train for pandemic
| 11.13.2006 | 04:12:03 | Views: 2978 | ID:
November 13 '06: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have announced that they will not release their report findings surrounding the response to Hurricane Katrina, although lessons learned have been taken into consideration for a reconfiguration of prevention, and response efforts during disasters, the CDC's website announced recently.
Understanding the government organization's response to Hurricane Katrina is vital, the website read, because "it must now prepare to face a yet unknown influenza virus that could travel the globe in weeks, [and] kill as many as 2-million Americans, and cause great harm to our economy."Operational lessons formed from Katrina by the CDC were organized into five categories: objectives and deployment; incident command and command structure; information management; public health; and training and response exercises. The CDC also worked to bolster the Department of Health and Human Services' response and coordination with other federal, state and local agencies. The Centers also found that though many employees were willing to volunteer for Katrina disaster response, few were equipped with adequate training. In the end, the CDC said that the lessons learned from disease and illness-management after the storm hit, helped to provide a set of guidelines that will help to prepare for a seemingly imminent flu outbreak.
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