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Public Health Rep. 2000 Mar-Jun; 115(2-3): 262–265.
PMCID: PMC1308723

A "community as resource" strategy for disaster response.


Natural and technological disasters present significant threats to the public's health. The emergency response capabilities of government and private relief organizations are limited. With a strategy in which residents of urban areas are trained in search and rescue, first aid, fire suppression, care and shelter, emergency communications, and disaster mental health, the community becomes a "resource" rather than a "victim."

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