Annals of Internal Medicine
20 March 2018 Vol: 168, Issue 6
Ideas and Opinions |20 March 2018
The Health Consequences of Natural Disasters in the United States: Progress, Perils, and Opportunity
Since 2005, the United States has shifted to a proactive, all-hazards approach to disaster preparedness. This ensures that the health system is flexible enough to respond to a broad range of events, including natural, biological, chemical, radiologic, and nuclear events. The nation also has institutionalized cross-agency and cross-sector planning, clarified the role of the federal government in guidance and oversight, and recognized the need to support resilience.
Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc