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This would result in a full scale Delphi exercise. Norman Dalkey's early Delphi experiments at RAND showed that three to five experts in a very specific area usually were sufficient to cover the range of qualitative insights about a given issue or topic within their specialty. More experts in the same effort usually led to duplication of insights rather than generating new insights.
Our major categories of participants in this qualitative inquiry did satisfy those requirements:. Emergency Practitioners and Coordinators 7. The remainder of the body of this report summarizes the responses to the questions asked, in the order in which they were asked. Appendix C gives the complete set of responses to each question, broken down by category of respondent Emergency response managers, medical personnel, librarians, academic researchers, and international practitioners.
List of respondents. For the purposes of this summary we have divided the respondents into four categories. Emergency Practitioners and Coordinators. Those actively working in the field and involved in dealing directly with emergencies. Health Related Professionals. Those working as professionals in the health and medical fields who have had some responsibilities and experiences in any phase of emergency preparedness and management.
Who are or have been working on topics related to emergency planning, management or response with medical or health concerns, but clearly the other two categories are not their primary function. They may also have done some work in either or both of the first two categories. We have noted two sub-categories: Librarians and Academics.
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This includes both citizens of foreign countries and Americans who are involved in international emergency management activities, who may fit in any of the above 3 categories. For each question we have grouped the answers to a given question into one of the categories. This may provide some insight into some of the responses but there are cases of overlap between points made among the four groups.
In some cases anonymity has been preserved due to a request from the contributor. There are two parts of the job. Curtin started working for the Red Cross 35 years ago at disaster sites, for 17 years total. Five or 6 years for FEMA. Erik R.
He assisted with technical aspects of long-term recovery phase response to the attack on the Pentagon. From he was a Toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health, where he assisted in preparation of agency response plans, including risk communication materials for chemical events. He coordinates all hazard mitigation related activities for the Port Authority. Websites: www. Ann E. Prior to that he was Assistant Commissioner for the same role and prior to that Executive Director.
And then prior to that he was with the Navy working with chemical, biological warfare and intelligence related to this area. Eric K. Noji, M. Three years, participation in at least 6 national emergencies and exercises. Peter G. Goldschmidt is an expert in public health systems and policies. He has been responsible for a significant number of major policy studies in Healthcare. Responsible for Disaster Planning for the Library. John R.
Editor of a Journal in Emergency Management and many years of research in the area. Irene Jillson, Ph. Teaches complex emergencies with a focus on international emergencies and the roles and responsibilities of public and private sector entities in situ as well as international, regional and bilateral donors and relief agencies. Julie Dugdale, Ph. Specializes in simulation and emergency management. For over 15 years he has specialized in the application of remote sensing and GIS, primarily within the fields of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance.
Between , Dr. Anonymous, many years of practical experience in the management and design of Humanitarian Information Systems. Previously served as:. International Emergency Management and Disaster Relief, till present, with emergencies including:. Began a global campaign to mobilize support for Telemedicine in Disaster Management in with a paper at the 6 th International Conference on Medical Applications of Telemedicine at Uppsala University , Sweden. What sources do you currently consider as highly useful and important for emergency preparedness or response missions with medical or public health implications e.
The diversity of sources listed is very great, with some respondents sending us lists or links to hundreds of sources. The only sources that are mentioned by a substantial number of respondents are web sites. Figure 1 profiles the leading three websites, mentioned by at least four of the respondents. The CDC website is by far the most frequently mentioned 11 times, explicitly. The third most frequently mentioned, especially by international professionals, is Relief Web. Thus, the types of journals and other non-web sites mentioned are especially diverse.