Preventing and managing disasters, as well as mitigating their outcomes represents one of the core requirements for ensuring the well-being of citizens. Therefore, a framework for preventing and addressing the scenarios that can potentially involve a large number of casualties is vital. By focusing on cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental collaboration, one will be able to ensure that the disaster taken place in Bobsville will not reoccur.
When considering the agencies and departments that play a vital role in the development of Bobsville’s disaster management plan and the framework for mass casualty incidents prevention, one must mention the City Council first. The specified body can assist with the improvement of the current framework for shaping the city infrastructure toward a safer and more efficient one. Thus, the process of delivering essential items for managing a particular disaster will be enhanced tremendously. Additionally, the support of the Fire Department is one of the key bodies that assist in ensuring people’s safety, reducing the threat to people’s lives, and mitigating the outcomes. Furthermore, for further disaster prevention and the management of the possible risks, the assistance of community members and local organizations will be needed.
Though maintaining control over the disaster management process is exceptionally difficult, tools for improving the process coordination and minimizing the damage can be introduced. Specifically, for the target context, a timely notification system that will reach out to all target audiences will have to be developed. For the personnel, digital tools that will allow for immediate notification and a further update on the issue and the necessary actions to be taken must be incorporated into the workplace setting.
Additionally, the emergency alerts for employees of the emergency department will be classified asked on the type of the disaster, namely, using four alert kinds (weather, facility, security, and medical) will be integrated into the framework to ensure that an appropriate response is delivered promptly (Goniewicz & Burkle, 2019). In turn, to alert citizens, a twofold approach will be utilized. Apart from the traditional tools for communicating with the target populations, primarily landline, mobile, and digital =technologies must be integrated into the approach. Specifically, sending automated messages to target audiences to warn them about the emergent disaster should be viewed as a necessary step along with the use of landlines and similar traditional tools. Thus, opportunities for protecting property will also be introduced.
Additionally, the implementation of the Mutual Aid Agreements (MAAs) should be seen as a vital stage in addressing the issue of safety in the target context. Namely, innovative tools ensuring cooperation between the relevant institutions must be used to promote compliance with the local MAA and offer mutual aid and assistance (Goniewicz & Burkle, 2019). Thus, vulnerable populations will be provided with the resources needed to increase their physical safety. In addition, MAAs will offer financial security in case of property loss. The logistical support for the planned operations will include splitting Bobsville’s area into several squares, which will be comparatively easy given its rhombus shape, and planting an emergency management unit with relevant resources in each square. Hus, all target areas will be covered in case of a disaster. Moreover, communication tools will be introduced for each part of the city to maintain communication with others.
By providing the tools for consistent communication leading to seamless management of logistics processes, as well as the framework that encourages active collaboration, one will be able to improve the disaster management plan currently used in Bobsville. Particularly, the framework for disaster prevention, as well as the analysis of the key patterns of environmental factors causing the disaster will be built. As a result, the range of disasters that can potentially affect Bobsville, as well as the extent of their intensity, will be minimized.
Goniewicz, K., & Burkle, F. M. (2019). Disaster early warning systems: the potential role and limitations of emerging text and data messaging mitigation capabilities. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 13(4), 709-712.