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Vulnerable Populations in Disasters: Reducing Impact (Podcast)


Approximately 46 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast"Vulnerable Populations in Disasters: Reducing Impact through Planning, Plan Writing and Plan Execution" features a presentation delivered by Dr. Paul Heiderscheidt. The presentation covers incorrect assumptions made about written plans, effective planning and plan writing, and introduces the Automated Disaster Electronic Planning Tool (ADEPT).

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts and describe selected methods of hazard risk assessment and all hazards planning.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between planning, plan writing, and plan execution.
  2. Understand the elements of a useful plan and proper planning.
  3. Describe how proper planning and plan writing techniques can protect vulnerable populations.
  4. Apply established best practices to planning.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Paul Heiderscheidt, MD, LCDR USPHS
Dr. Heiderscheidt is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health service assigned to the NCEH/ATSDR Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He joined the United States Public Health Service as a Ready Responder Physician in the National Health Service Corps within the Health Resources and Services Administration in November 2002. In his role as a National Health Services Corps physician, Dr. Heiderscheidt provided primary clinical services for underserved populations domestically and internationally. Dr. Heiderscheidt has also been active in Emergency Health program development, most notably in the Pacific region. In addition, Dr. Heiderscheidt has helped develop the CDC’s Automated Disaster Emergency Planning Tool (ADEPT) and overseen its implementation in public health and hospital agencies domestically and internationally. He has recently completed a year-long CDC project in partnership with the Florida Department of Health to replace their existing written plan and planning process with ADEPT.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.