In the new post-9/11 world the emergency community can no longer afford the luxury of compartmentalization. Planning, cooperation, and training together all will be needed - along with additional funds.
From the Middle Ages to the present, the most useful, as well as cost-effective, tool in the emergency-management supply kit was, and is, common sense. Which means, in certain respects, considering all everyday tasks to be emergencies, and approaching all
In times of major disasters, natural or manmade, few if any hospitals or other agencies have the personnel and other resources needed to handle all the casualties. But a good start can be made by planning ahead, training, working with other hospitals, and