Imagine you are the director of
FEMA using NIMS- (National Incident Management System) when this disaster occurs. Write an essay that informs the
population of what will be done to resolve the issue. Address these elements in
your essay: Describe the nature of the situation after reading the Tornado
scenario at the bottom of the page.
- Explain what FEMA and others
are doing to mitigate the situation.
- Explain what people need to do
to stay safe and/or to get help in order to reduce panic.
essay should be one that is meant to reduce panic and provide a solid
explanation of the above elements. 400 words
- Questions to think about while
formulating your response to the public:
are the issues you will address first?
organization is responsible for what? Where will you allocate your
public health concerns are the results of each of these events?
populations might be most at risk?
are some of the long-term health effects of these events?
other health concerns may arise from these events?
will you say to the people, who are desperately awaiting your direction?
- “Tornado scenario” The Scenario: It is calm day in the city of
Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, OK. It is October 4th, 1998
and people are going about their everyday lives. At approximately, 8:37 PM
CDT a tornado develops about a half mile north of 19th Avenue. The tornado
is two miles wide and tears through the center of the city. The damage is
tremendous, as tracts of homes are destroyed and cars are piled atop of
one another. The tornado is powerful EF4 on the enhanced Fujita Scale with
wind speeds of 200 miles per hour. This tornado is a part of series of
tornados that have developed over the past two days, devastating other
cities in the area. Hundreds are injured and unfortunately there are 70 deaths
that have been confirmed. There are reports of families being trapped
under debris in the northern parts of the city. Two schools have been
leveled along with one of the main medical facilities. City resources are
overwhelmed and the U.S. president has declared this area a major disaster
area, allowing federal aid to support local and state efforts. Moore is a
city of only 56, 315 people. The city has continually grown over the past
decade. Moore has three high schools and a local community college that
serve as there major educational centers. The nearest big city is Oklahoma
City which has a population of over 200,000. There are three medical
facilities that provide medical care for the general population. The
Community Hospital offers acute care and other emergency services while
Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Oklahoma Center offer similar services. Moore
has three fire stations located in various parts of the city (North, East,
and West). Interstate 35 is the only major highway that travels through the
city. Weather in the area ranges from the low 70’s and mid 90’s during the
summer to about The low 50’s and low 30’s in the winter. This particular
area of the country is known for tornados and Moore has had a history of
damaging tornados. Your Review: What do you tell your public? Factor out
the issues and follow protocol to formulate your response to the
discussion question and public service announcement. Source for background
information: Mannette, A., (2013). Oklahoma Tornado 2013Devastates Moore,
Kills Dozens. Retrieved from