Disaster Response Preparedness and Training: A Capabilities Assessment of the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange
Technical Report,01 Aug 2016,30 Sep 2017
USAFSAM/FHE Wright-Patterson AFB United States
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The purpose of this study was to address gaps in understanding how military personnel involved in casualty transport would function with military and civilian counterparts in the event of a disaster involving multinational response. The aim was to assThe purpose of this study was to address gaps in understanding how military personnel involved in casualty transport would function with military and civilian counterparts in the event of a disaster involving multinational response. The aim was to assess capabilities and inform future decisions related to interoperability in casualty transport. Program evaluation informs decision-making for a specific program, in this case, disaster response preparedness of member nations of the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange. A capabilities assessment employing a 22-item questionnaire via Survey Monkey was distributed to Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange participants who attended the 2016 meeting. A link to the questionnaire gathering demographic information and facts about disaster response preparedness and training was emailed to attendees of the meeting. Forty-nine participants from 14 different countries responded. Fishers exact test revealed no differences in disaster response preparedness training except as it related to knowledge of civilian training. Qualitative analysis of free text responses revealed major themes of need for additional training in leadershipcommunication, austererealistic training environment, interoperability between and among military and civilian players, and role knowledge and triage. This program evaluation increased knowledge of commonalities and gaps related to disaster preparedness training among military colleagues in the Asia Pacific region. More research is needed to refine disaster preparedness training with international partners.
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