Disaster Nursing Development of a Center of Excellence for Disaster Nursing in a Ubiquitous Society Information Base for Disaster Nursing Knowledge and Skills to Protect Lives
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Useful Manuals:Tips on Health Care Volunteer Activities
Approach to Disaster Area
For disaster preparedness phase

For emergency phase

For recovery restoration phase

Approach to Disaster Area


(1)Personal preparation


Clothing: Light, safe, easy to put on and take off, armband (which indicates volunteer nurse)
2. Kits: Daily necessaries (sleeping bag, foodstuffs, water, etc.)
Equipments necessary for your activities (map, communication tools, medical instruments [blood pressure gauge, stethoscope, etc.], recording chart, etc.)

(2)Prepare clothing and kits that suit the type and phase of the disaster

E.g., In the case of flood: take work gloves, rubber gloves, goggles, surgical masks, eye drops, gargle, and rain boots
In summer: take kits that prevent heatstroke (hat and salt, etc.)

(3)Check your volunteer insurance

(4)Regard to the duration of activity

considering relations with disaster victims and the volunteers’ fatigue, it is desirable to change with other volunteers after working for about a week

(5)Coordinate schedule with family and workplace

2)Information Gathering

(1)Information to be collected

Situation of disaster area
Support system (information obtained beforehand by referring to A Assessment of Devastation)

Approach (where in the disaster area you are headed for)


⇒Check if a disaster management office and a volunteer center have been set up, make sure where these facilities are located, and what kinds of support they provide

(2)Information resources

Personal networks (acquaintances, friends)
Government agencies such as the public health center, municipal offices, and health center
Contact the disaster management office to grasp the overall situation

(3)Means of information gathering

Telephone, the Internet, radio, newspapers, etc.

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