Nursing Home Patients And Their Vulnerabilities During Disasters

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5 pages in length. Every person caught in a disaster must make split second decisions pertaining to his or her safety; with such concerns as when to evacuate, where to go and how to get there, the level of anxiety that accompanies the mass departure of disaster-related emergencies calls for considerable focus, effort and resources. However, there are certain populations that - by virtue of their unique circumstances - have a significantly more difficult time maneuvering during disaster evacuations and are often left behind by concerted community efforts. Nursing home residents are one such population where the vulnerability inherent to ineffective or substandard disaster plans leaves them wholly defenseless to escape the imminent danger. Bibliography lists 5 sources.