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International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2006)

Disaster response and complexity model: the southeast Texas Katrina-Rita response

Maggie Elestwani
Division of Health, Safety, and Education Partnerships, Ago

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Utilizing the Complex Human Setting (CHS) model, the Southeast Texas Katrina-Rita healthcare experience is analyzed in an application of complexity theory applied to homeland security.

The recent double disaster demonstrates the utility of filtering the large amounts of data for operational purposes through a conceptual model and the critical importance of knowing your normal. Understanding that the medical consequences are severe in disasters, the intrinsic & extrinsic value upon return for attentiveness, flexibility & collaboration in healthcare provides lasting relationships and valuable lessons learned that must be incorporated into on-going response to all-hazards.

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