Landesman's Public Health Management of DisastersIn recent decades, disasters have forced public health and disaster management professionals to reevaluate their approaches to emergencies. Leading the charge has been APHA member Linda Young Landesman, DrPH, MSW, a pioneer in the field of public health preparedness. APHA Press published her landmark book, “Landesman’s Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide,” following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has updated the one-of-a-kind reference three times since.

The fourth edition, co-authored by fellow APHA member Rita V. Burke, PhD, PMH, focuses on public health’s role in relation to the structure, organization and function of health management in emergency management and disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and reconstruction. An essential resource, it provides a basic understanding of the public health role in preparedness and response and brings together the many diverse tools needed for public health practitioners to carry out their responsibilities in an emergency.

“Disasters pose a number of unique problems not encountered in the routine practice of emergency health care,” note the authors in the opening chapter. “Examples include the need for warning and evacuation; widespread urban search and rescue; triage and casualty distribution; and coordination among multiple jurisdictions, government offices and private-sector organizations.”

This latest edition shows how these disasters have shaped emergency preparation and response, and offers guidance on how best to handle new challenges. Amendments to the guide take into account the most current federal preparedness guidance from the National Preparedness Goal, the National Health Security Strategy and the National Response Framework. The book includes additional updates to emerging approaches for public health surveillance, laboratory and disaster information systems, as well as hospital surveillance.

This fourth edition profiles new threat and hazard identification, alerting and warning systems, along with the use of new electronic technologies to communicate — such as smartphone apps, texting and Twitter. Also new, environmental health and occupational health each have their own chapter with updates on environmental standards and common foodborne diseases. This practical reference is key for those who find that, by virtue of their work, they must have more than a core understanding of public health disaster management.

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