Press Release (UCSD-TV): University of California Videos Provide Timely Disaster Preparedness Information (9/27/2009)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA VIDEOS PROVIDE
TIMELY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION


Free, four-part series debuts on UCSD-TV and online October 8

Sept. 27, 2009

LA JOLLA, CA — Earthquakes, fires, floods, pandemics. The public relies on health professionals, emergency responders and trained volunteers to react appropriately to a range of disasters, big or small. But does everyone understand the systems that are in place to respond to these dreaded events? University of California Television (UCTV) and the California Preparedness Education Network (cal-PEN) present "Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals," a free, four-part video series that highlights best practices for preparedness as determined by disaster response experts from throughout California. The series premieres on UCSD-TV Thursday, October 8 at 8pm and online at www.ucsd.tv/disaster.

Produced and edited by UCSD-TV, the "Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals" programs help illustrate how anyone - from a single individual to a complex organization - can be better prepared for a future emergency. Each installment covers a different topic, including Natural Disasters, Chemical and Biological Agents, Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Infections, and Disaster Volunteerism. The programs utilize expert interviews, case studies, archival footage, and conversations with experienced emergency responders to apply lessons learned from past disasters to likely future events like wildfires, the H1N1 virus, or terrorist attack.

Host Dr. John Blossom, Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at UC San Francisco, and co-hose Dr. Christian Sandrock, Professor in Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Medical Center, visit with health care providers and disaster response experts from universities, hospitals, and government agencies throughout California, a state with a well-tested emergency response system that has served as a model for the nation. The featured experts represent organizations that sit right at the center of disaster preparedness and response efforts in the state, including California Health and Human Services Agency, Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness at UC Berkeley, California Emergency Medical Services Authority, California Poison Control System, and the U.S. military.

The programs will be available at www.ucsd.tv/disaster on October 8 for online viewing and as audio and video podcast downloads. The website also features broadcast schedules, information about featured experts, and helpful disaster preparedness links and resources for California and the nation. Funding for the series was provided by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (grant # T01HO1405), the Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Health Professions (grant #U77HP03015), and the University of California Statewide Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC).

UCSD-TV offers programming unlike anything else in San Diego. UCSD-TV airs on Cox and Time Warner Ch. 135, Time Warner Del Mar Ch. 19, AT&T U-verse Ch. 99, and UHF (no cable) Ch. 35. For more information, program schedules and more, visit www.ucsd.tv.
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