Hurricanes and tropical storms are the most common disasters in Pennsylvania, and there are a number of disaster management strategies that the healthcare division adopts and applies in order to manage the situation, when it happens. However, in order to manage such situations, different organizations have come up with different disaster management plans in order not only to save lives, but also property in the affected areas (Kazmier, 2008).
In managing these natural disasters, it is necessary to start by identifying the extent to which the affected area is hit. This assists our agency in several necessary aspects, which include budgeting, human resource allocation (which in this case includes manpower supply and the level of skill necessary, in terms of intellectual capital) and the required emergency kit (in this case, including drugs and medication, as well as the medical equipment necessary.
As a nurse, my main roles and responsibilities in such case include offering basic medical attention to the affected victims. In the same light, assisting the doctors and other medical specialists is also among my roles as a nurse in managing these disasters. At the same time, nurses ensure that the disaster plan is followed to completion, by identifying and categorizing the various extents to which the victims are affected, and the specific form of attention that they need, which is, in turn, administered by the doctors as well as other medical specialists. At the same time, however, it is also within a nurse’s jurisdiction to offer basic education to the victims, as well as other people living within the same region concerning they should do in future in order to save lives. These include aspects such as first aid administration (Schiavo, 2007).