Special Issue "Preparedness and Emergency Response"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Rudatsikira
School of Health Professions, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, USA
Website: http://www.andrews.edu/news/2012/05/shp_dean.html
E-Mail: rudatsikira@andrews.edu
Interests: tobacco use; exposure to environmental tobacco smoke; violence; emergency preparedness and response; HIV/AIDS and adolescent health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, major emergencies, both natural and man-made, claim the lives of many people all around the world and inflict a heavy toll on the economy. While we have made progress in preparedness and emergency response in the last decades, much more needs to be done. Research priorities in preparedness and emergency response identified by the Institute of Medicine include: improving the identification of health vulnerabilities and evaluation interventions to lessen the risk of poor health outcomes; developing and evaluating integrated systems of emergency public health services and incident management; developing and evaluating strategies and tools to train and exercise the public workforce to meet the responsibilities for detection, mitigation, and recovery in varied settings and populations; evaluation characteristics of effective risk communication in emergency settings and system enhancements to improve effective information exchange across diverse partners and populations under emergency conditions; scenario modeling and forecasting; and information and management tools to improve the availability and usefulness during crisis decision-making. This issue will highlight new approaches that have been applied or are under development to improve preparedness and emergency response.  Research papers, analytical reviews, case studies, conceptual framework, and policy-relevant articles are solicited.

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Rudatsikira
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • emergency preparedness
  • disaster management
  • bioterrorism
  • chemical emergencies
  • natural disasters
  • outbreaks
  • mass casualties
  • radiation emergencies
  • war and terrorism

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p. 11081-11109
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(11), 11081-11109; doi:10.3390/ijerph111111081
Received: 30 June 2014; in revised form: 15 October 2014 / Accepted: 17 October 2014 / Published: 27 October 2014
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p. 9964-9980
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 9964-9980; doi:10.3390/ijerph111009964
Received: 2 July 2014; in revised form: 3 September 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 26 September 2014
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p. 9712-9722
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 9712-9722; doi:10.3390/ijerph110909712
Received: 29 July 2014; in revised form: 10 September 2014 / Accepted: 11 September 2014 / Published: 17 September 2014
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p. 8475-8490
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(8), 8475-8490; doi:10.3390/ijerph110808475
Received: 20 June 2014; in revised form: 24 July 2014 / Accepted: 14 August 2014 / Published: 19 August 2014
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p. 8491-8507
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(8), 8491-8507; doi:10.3390/ijerph110808491
Received: 12 May 2014; in revised form: 30 June 2014 / Accepted: 1 August 2014 / Published: 19 August 2014
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p. 6335-6353
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 6335-6353; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606335
Received: 1 April 2014; in revised form: 6 June 2014 / Accepted: 9 June 2014 / Published: 18 June 2014
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p. 5684-5697
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 5684-5697; doi:10.3390/ijerph110605684
Received: 13 February 2014; in revised form: 25 April 2014 / Accepted: 21 May 2014 / Published: 27 May 2014
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p. 3787-3802
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3787-3802; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403787
Received: 23 December 2013; in revised form: 10 March 2014 / Accepted: 21 March 2014 / Published: 3 April 2014
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p. 3289-3303
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(3), 3289-3303; doi:10.3390/ijerph110303289
Received: 12 February 2014; in revised form: 13 March 2014 / Accepted: 14 March 2014 / Published: 20 March 2014
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p. 2911-2921
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(3), 2911-2921; doi:10.3390/ijerph110302911
Received: 7 February 2014; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 26 February 2014 / Published: 10 March 2014
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p. 3685-3710
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(10), 3685-3710; doi:10.3390/ijerph9103685
Received: 21 May 2012; in revised form: 2 October 2012 / Accepted: 10 October 2012 / Published: 16 October 2012
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p. 3384-3397
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(10), 3384-3397; doi:10.3390/ijerph9103384
Received: 31 May 2012; in revised form: 6 September 2012 / Accepted: 17 September 2012 / Published: 25 September 2012
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p. 3115-3133
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(9), 3115-3133; doi:10.3390/ijerph9093115
Received: 9 July 2012; in revised form: 6 August 2012 / Accepted: 17 August 2012 / Published: 30 August 2012
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p. 2894-2909
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(8), 2894-2909; doi:10.3390/ijerph9082894
Received: 18 June 2012; in revised form: 18 July 2012 / Accepted: 8 August 2012 / Published: 16 August 2012
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p. 2949-2963
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(8), 2949-2963; doi:10.3390/ijerph9082949
Received: 18 May 2012; in revised form: 3 July 2012 / Accepted: 8 August 2012 / Published: 16 August 2012
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p. 2863-2874
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(8), 2863-2874; doi:10.3390/ijerph9082863
Received: 4 June 2012; in revised form: 16 July 2012 / Accepted: 6 August 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
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p. 2293-2311
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(7), 2293-2311; doi:10.3390/ijerph9072293
Received: 1 June 2012; in revised form: 19 June 2012 / Accepted: 20 June 2012 / Published: 28 June 2012
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p. 2266-2282
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(7), 2266-2282; doi:10.3390/ijerph9072266
Received: 22 May 2012; in revised form: 18 June 2012 / Accepted: 20 June 2012 / Published: 26 June 2012
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p. 2057-2074
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2057-2074; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062057
Received: 20 April 2012; in revised form: 21 May 2012 / Accepted: 23 May 2012 / Published: 31 May 2012
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p. 1507-1522
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1507-1522; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041507
Received: 8 March 2012; in revised form: 31 March 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 18 April 2012
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Title: A Conceptual Framework to Measure Systems’ Performance during Emergency Preparedness Exercises
Authors: Elena Savoia, Foluso Agboola and Paul D. Biddinger
Abstract: Large-scale public health emergencies require a sophisticated, coordinated response involving multiple entities to protect health and minimize suffering. However, the rarity of such emergencies presents a barrier to gathering observational data about the effectiveness of the public health response before such events occur. For this reason, public health practitioners increasingly have relied on simulated emergencies, known as “exercises” as proxies to test their emergency capabilities. However, the formal evaluation of performance in these exercises, historically has been inconsistent, and there is little research to describe how data acquired from simulated emergencies actually support conclusions about the quality of the public health emergency response system. Over the past six years, we have designed and evaluated more than seventy public health emergency exercises, collaborating with public health agencies, hospitals and others to test a wide variety of systems and their capabilities. Using the data and experience that we gathered, we have developed a conceptual framework that describes the essential elements necessary to consider when applying performance measurement science to public health emergency exercises. We suggest that this framework may assist practitioners and researchers who wish to better measure performance in exercises and to improve public health emergency preparedness.

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