1Gwen Brumbaugh Keeney, PhD, CNM, is clinical faculty and a staff midwife at the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently serves as a short-term consultant for ACNM Global Outreach's Home Based Life Saving Skills program. She has been a disaster response worker in numerous locations, including New York City and the Sudan.
Disaster Preparedness: What Do We Do Now?
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2004 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 49, Issue S1, pages 2–6, July-August 2004
How to Cite
Keeney, G. B. (2004), Disaster Preparedness: What Do We Do Now?. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 49: 2–6. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2004.05.003
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- international health problems;
- health systems;
- public health;
- public policy
Disasters are events that exceed the capacity of the people affected to recover from the adverse affects. Understanding types of disasters and components of disaster responses provides a basis for developing disaster preparedness plans. Disaster preparedness is a process for assessing risks and capacities for responding when disasters occur. Planning can mitigate damages and facilitate rapid and effective disaster response services. Health care workers, including midwives and women's health care providers, can access resources to be prepared as competent responders in disaster contexts to meet the needs of women and their communities.