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Prevention and Treatment of Injuries Following Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Date:Thursday, July 11, 2013

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


David Sugerman, MD, MPH, FACEP
Health Systems Team Lead
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS
State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health
Florida Department of Health


Injuries following tornadoes and hurricanes result in significant morbidity and mortality. Both CDC and State Health Departments play important roles in providing assistance in disaster preparedness and response, including pre-hospital transport decision making, injury surveillance, and emergency risk communication. Following hurricanes and tornadoes, it is critical to have alternative treatment sites, appropriate wound management, injury data collection, and health messaging to reduce injuries. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss the current state of science and epidemiology and state level response, with specific examples from Florida.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the major challenges to provision of pre-hospital care
  • Discuss the patterns of injury seen after hurricanes and tornadoes, including appropriate initial management
  • Review appropriate emergency risk communication messages and the importance of data collection to improve messaging¬† and response efforts

Call Materials

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 7/11/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 7/11/13
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.