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Survey of Exercise Implementers The exercise was actively observed by eight separate individuals that performed the following functions for implementing the tabletop exercise: • 1 Exercise facilitator from DisasterDoc • 1 Exercise controller from Harvard • 2 Exercise evaluators o one from CDC o one from onaLARC™ consulting • 1 Exercise Logistician from DisasterDoc • 1 CDC Lead Technical Advisor and 1 senior public health advisor • 2 staff members from the PRDOH One week following the exercise, the above-listed 8 individuals were surveyed regarding their perceptions of community readiness for public health intervention in both municipalities. 7 out of the 8 evaluators were available to respond (response rate = 87.5%). Respondents first answered 4 multiple choice questions regarding levels of overall readiness in both Humacao and Utuado before and after the tabletop exercise. They were then asked to score (using a 5-point Likert scale) various factors related to readiness (e.g. knowledge, behavior, attitudes and resources) for both the community and municipal leadership; and for both before and after the tabletop intervention. Means were calculated for the group response. Survey of Exercise Participants At the end of the exercise, all participants were asked to complete a brief one-page questionnaire regarding their impressions of the exercise. The questionnaire included questions related to their level of agreement with the following statements: Exercise Objectives • Community members demonstrated that they are aware of hurricane-related health risk in the municipality • Community members demonstrated that they can apply a community-based disaster reduction plan • Community members demonstrated that they can participate in a community-based disaster reduction exercise Exercise Organization • The exercise was well organized Exercise Communication • The material was easy to understand • I felt that my input was welcome • I have a good understanding the project Exercise Relevance • Parts of the event were most useful Project Stakeholdership • Participant level of support for this project, in general Means were then calculated on a 5-point scale for each query.
This presentation describes the principles of disaster risk reduction as applied to this project
This pilot project is intended to reduce hurricane-related deaths in 3 target communities of US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by preventing illness and injuries before it happens. These communities will write and exercise protection plans for those most vulnerable in the community (age < 5 and >65). To date there have been few interventions in the US that apply a community-based approach intended to prevent future disaster-related mortality.