Rhode Island disaster initiative
by Kenneth A. Williams, Francis Sullivan, Selim Suner, Marc Shapiro, Leo Kobayashi, Robert Woolard, Whit Hill, Charlie Seekell
International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management (IJRAM), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2008

Abstract: The Rhode Island Disaster Initiative (RIDI) is providing research in the areas of readiness, technology and training to address the significant gaps that remain in real-time medical response to events involving the use of weapons of mass destruction; terrorist use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices; mass casualty incidents and toxic industrial chemical and material accidents. Through a series of focused studies and full-scale exercises, RIDI is examining the underpinnings of common failures in disaster response, researching a number of potential best practice solutions to these failures and disseminating recommended solutions. Failed logistics, coordination, communication and inadequate decontamination practices are among the addressed areas.

Online publication date: Mon, 22-Sep-2008

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