Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Restricted-Budget Families
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2006
Public Health Nursing
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 354–360, July/August 2006
How to Cite
Mack, S. E., Spotts, D., Hayes, A. and Warner, J. R. (2006), Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Restricted-Budget Families. Public Health Nursing, 23: 354–360. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2006.00572.x
- Issue published online: 29 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2006
- emergency preparedness;
- low income;
ABSTRACT Objectives: To fulfill the health teaching and promotion responsibilities of public health nurses, a teaching intervention was devised to prepare low-income, low-resource families to survive a worst-case disaster scenario. The purpose of this study is to introduce that plan.
Design: Teaching sessions were held to increase awareness about disaster preparedness and to provide the resources necessary for preparing disaster kits on a restricted budget.
Sample: This project focused on families enrolled at the Children's Relief Nursery in Portland, Oregon's St. Johns District.
Measurements: Posttest assessments and client follow-up at 3, 6, and 12 months were used to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum and follow-through on kit preparation.
Results: A replicable teaching tool was successfully developed, and the interest and commitment of community partners dedicated to assisting restricted-budget families was secured.
Conclusions: States' disaster plans hinge on individuals' implementation of their own survival plans, and it is vital that these individuals be made aware of their responsibility. It is truly a matter of life and death that families possess the skills, knowledge, and resources to carry out a disaster survival plan successfully, and it is the ethical responsibility of the public health nurse to intervene.