List of Posts/Descriptions

Posts by Sheila Sund, M.D.

I wish I had a way to properly index posts, but I haven’t discovered one yet. The built in archives for this web platform leave a lot to be desired. So here is a master list and brief description of all the posts, with direct links. I’ve attempted to organize them into a few categories such as individual, government, healthcare, etc., with a few caveats:

  • I try to write all my posts to be interesting and important for everyone, from concerned individual to professional emergency managers. I encourage you to read “outside” of your self-identified category. If you have a specific request for a topic, let me know, and I’ll add it to my waiting list.
  • It’s difficult to choose only one category for a post – there is so much overlap (the goal of community wide response planning!). So realize that governmental issues tie in with individual preparedness, and individual preparedness recommendations tie in with scary facts – yet another reason to explore outside of your self-identified category!

Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness and Response

10-30-12 – Love Thy Neighbor – And Maybe They’ll Save You. The importance of “community” as learned from Japan, and why neighbors must help each other in a disaster.

11-3-12 – Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks. Every 6 month reminder to work on emergency supplies, along with my personal favorites.

11-7-12 – Back To Basics – What’s Your Emergency Plan? ICE, texting, emergency contacts, and pluses and minuses of trying to meet up in an emergency.

11-14-12 – Are Americans Wimps? The Realities of Disaster. Unrealistic expectations of Americans about disaster response, particularly when compared to other countries.

11-16-12 – PPP – Puss and Pooch Preparedness #1. Why pet preparedness is a big issue, even for the government, and my first 5 pet tips, with many more to come.

12-11-12 – PPP – Puss and Pooch Pet Preparedness #2. 5 more pet preparedness tips, including pet anxiety and diet in a disaster.

11-20-12 – The Carefree Highway – Safe Travel or Vacation Disasters A review of emergency supplies to carry while travelling, along with hazards you might meet.

12-4-12 – Map Your Neighborhood – The Most Important Emergency Preparedness Activity!  One 90 minute neighborhood meeting is all that’s needed to prepare your neighborhood to help each other!

12-19-12 – A Lotta Shaking Going On! – How To Earthquake Proof Your Home  Simple (and not so simple) ways to decrease earthquake damage and risk of injury.

1-8-13 – Shelter In Place – Should You Stay or Should You Go? For chemical or nuclear accidents, the safest thing is often to stay in a sealed room in your house for several hours. Learn when and how to do this.

1-15-13 – Will You Be Working After A Disaster? – Factors in Keeping Your Job. Looking at personal and employer factors that may influence whether you will be able to continue working after a disaster.

1-23-13 – Disaster Myths and Misconceptions – Common myths about public behavior, media, FEMA/insurance, and volunteers in disasters. Includes T/F quiz.

2-3-13 – What Would We Do Without Water? Start Storage Soon! How much water do we really need, both potable (clean) and non-potable. Ideas about storage and emergency sources.

2-8-13 – Eight Lessons Learned from Tsunami Evacuation in Oregon – guest author Kristi Kelty discusses her chance to test her emergency plans during an evacuation, and the lessons she learned.

2-11-13 – Unaccompanied Children in Disasters – Promoting Mother and Child Reunion. Besides a chance to sneak in a Paul Simon reference, this post discusses how children are neglected in disaster planning, and then focuses on plans for reuniting families, and steps families can take to help with this.

2-16-13 – So You Think You’re Prepared? Your Very Own Tabletop Exercise – Take yourself through the first few hours of a major earthquake, and see how prepared you really are.

2-20-13 – Shelter From The Storm (or Earthquake, Flood, or Whatever) – options for shelter when you can not remain home, and introduction to emergency shelter functions.

3-24-13 – You Light Up My Life – Flashlights and Other Ways to Deal with the Dark – when the power goes out, your lighting needs vary from emergency to work to area lights. How do you make a lighting plan?

4-20-13 – Bombs, Blasts, and Disasters – Keeping Perspective in a Media Driven World – how media affects our perception of disasters, along with facts on bombings, terrorism, and explosions to help keep things in perspective.

5-9-13 – Personal Disaster First Aid – Part One: A Pound of Prevention is Worth an Ounce of Cure – common sense ways to decrease the chance of injury and maintain health following a disaster.

5-18-13 – Personal Disaster First Aid – Part Two: One Doctor’s Choice of Emergency Medicines – my choice of OTC medicines for your emergency kit, along with thoughts on expiration dates, generics, and shotgun meds.

Public and Governmental Emergency Preparedness and Response

11-5-12 – Who’s In Charge Here? The Incident Command System. ICS as a tool for anyone who finds themselves helping in an emergency, including in your neighborhood.

11-10-12 – Scary Fact #1 – The Number of First Responders. What is the ratio of responders to population? You won’t get help very soon in a large regional disaster!

11-12-12 – What’s a Disaster? (And Other Important Words). Understandable meanings of disaster, emergency, surge, mitigation, response, recovery, and resilience as applied to real life.

11-27-12 – Every Disaster is a Local Disaster. Concept of local control, and why your local government is so important in how you survive a disaster.

12-28-12 – Emergency Medical Services – Firemen, Paramedics, or What? Training and skills of different levels of EMS providers, and how response is coordinated between fire and ambulance.

3-20-13 – Alphabet City – The Acronyms Controlling Your Health in a Disaster – as you move from local to federal government, agency names and acronyms are increasingly hard to understand. This is my attempt to figure out who does what.

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response

11-8-12 – Why Disasters Need Doctors. Discussion of the things doctors must do in disasters, but unfortunately are not prepared for.

12-14-12 – I Need A Doctor – Or Do I? Medical Care in Disaster Recovery. Look at your current use of medical care, and predict how it might change in a disaster setting.

12-21-12 – Public Health – Role in Preparedness is Little Appreciated and Poorly Funded. Review of the roles public health plays in healthcare emergency preparedness, and current threats to their viability and functions.

11-30-12 – Triage – Who Gets Treated? Definition of Mass Casualty Incident, Red/Yellow/Green/Black triage system, and reasons why triage is unfortunately necessary.

1-18-13 – START Triage Practice – Who Wants to be an EMT? – Emergency triage process with practice cases and discussion.

1-4-13 – We All Get A Little Crazy – Mental Health In Disasters. Review of normal and abnormal psychological reactions to disaster and trauma, including first responders, and the need for better mental health planning.

1-26-13 – Fires and Burns in Disasters – What Should We Know? Part 1 of burn post. Frequency of fires and burns in natural and man-made disasters, plus discussion of burn centers, admission criteria, and burn surge preparedness.

1-30-13 – Fires and Burns in Disasters – What Should We Do? (Part 2)  Initial burn treatment recommendations, including complications unique to burns.

2-25-13 – Meet Norovirus – The Perfect Infection. A “guest” blog by one of the tiniest living things, coming soon to an intestine near you.

3-2-13 – The Strategic National Stockpile – The Parts That Are Not Top Secret! Our massive hidden stash of medical supplies, antibiotics, antitoxins, and the massive planning required to access it in an emergency.

3-13-13 – The Aurora Shooting – Hospital Mass Casualty Planning in Action – Discussion of emergency room trauma care, hospital mass casualty planning, and how this applied to the victims from the Aurora shooting that were treated at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center.

3-31-13 – Hippity Hoppity Easter Disease – Salmonella in Eggs and Chicks – A discussion of why you shouldn’t hide hard boiled eggs and play with chickens – in honor of Easter!

4-6-13 – Boom, Boom, Pow – Medical Surge May Be The Biggest Disaster of All – Definition of medical surge, and all the factors that might affect it’s severity.

4-30-13 – Tornadoes Part 2: What Hurts the Most – Deaths, Injuries, and Safety – discussion of the types of injuries and deaths in tornadoes, and safety measures to take before, during, and after a storm.

8-15-13 – Blast Injuries – What Happens to People When Things Go Boom? – discussion of the types of injuries experienced in explosions, with important first aid and emergency medical treatment pearls!

Specific Disasters and Interesting Tidbits

11-18-12 – Scary Fact #2 – The Cascadia Earthquake. A brief description of Cascadia and how bad it will be

11 – 25-12 – Scary Fact #3 – Crowd Crush. Reasons for crowd disasters and ways to avoid injury, plus the importance of considering crowd control in emergency management.

12-2-12  – Scary Fact # 4: Cyber Security – Is It A Real Threat? Why governments, businesses, and individual citizens should be concerned about cyber threats. Includes some great hacking facts.

12-9-12 – Scary Fact #5: Nerve Agents Like Sarin – Bad For Bugs, Bad For You. A brief review of the chemical warfare nerve agents, including symptoms, and what to do in a chemical exposure.

12-17-12 – Scary Fact # 6: Active Shooters – What Should You Do? Basic facts and suggestions for how to prepare for and respond if you are caught in this situation.

12-30-12 – Scary Fact # 7 – Burning Down The House. Discussion of home fires – statistics, causes, and what you can do to prevent a fire at your house!

1-6-13 – Scary (Or Not) Fact #8 – The Flu, The Facts. Definitions of flu vs influenza, the severity of the health problem and risk of pandemic, how to prevent transmission, and vaccine effectiveness.

2-6-13 – Scary Fact #9 – Tsunamis! Discussion of how tsunamis occur, how big they can be, and differences between local and distant tsunamis, including evacuation.

12-24-12 – Twas The Night After The Earthquake – My Christmas Dream. A blatant twisting of Clement Moore’s “Visit From St. Nicholas”, expressing my dreams for ideal disaster response.

1-13-12 – The 10 Deadliest, Largest, Costliest, etc. – A Collection of Disaster Lists. What do we mean when we talk about “the worst” disasters? Do we mean the largest, the deadliest, the costliest? Here are 5 top 10 lists, and the thoughts they provoked.

3-6-13 – “The Earth Opened Her Mouth and Swallowed Them” – Scary Fact #10 – Sinkholes. The increasing problem of sinkholes, and how man is worsening the issue.

4-15-13 – Scary Fact #11 – Tornadoes (Part 1) – Spinning Vortexes of Doom? The whos, whys, wheres, and whats of tornadoes (Part 2 posted 4-30-13 on deaths and injuries, and how to keep safe).

7-4-13 – The Most Dangerous Day of the Year? Hazards of the Fourth of July weekend, including fireworks, barbecues, and driving – the highest risk of all.

Volunteers and Non-Profits

12-6-12 – The Medical Reserve Corps – Not Military, Not Reserve, But Definitely Medical – description of the most important way healthcare professionals and concerned citizens can volunteer in advance to help with healthcare in emergency situations.

1-10-13 – Be Certain With CERT – Community Emergency Response Teams – the best (in my opinion) general citizen training for emergency volunteering.

Business Emergency Preparedness and Response

11-23-12 – Black Friday – The Day The Businesses Died! Identifying the businesses you find essential (including your own), and encouraging business emergency preparedness.


  1. Vince says:

    Is your blog still active (It doesn’t seem to be, but maybe I’m looking in the wrong place?

    • disasterdoc says:

      I have not been able to write posts for some time, although I haven’t given up the dream. I leave the blog up even though I am not writing now, so that others can still use the information I’ve posted.

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