Improve disaster response by planning for and logistically supporting acute exacerbations of chronic diseases


  • Michael D. Owens, DO, MPH, CEM



medical logistics, ESF #8, disaster medical planning, medical disaster response, diseases during disasters


Provide a more effective medical response by emphasizing the management of acute exacerbations of chronic diseases in disasters. Disaster victims need treatment for their acute exacerbations of and ongoing chronic medical conditions, medication refills, mental health resources, and have an expectation that medical facilities will provide resources beyond medical care. Medical response is more efficient, cost effective, and effectual when these considerations are supported.

Author Biography

Michael D. Owens, DO, MPH, CEM

Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University and Eastern Virginia Medical School, Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command, Portsmouth, Virginia


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How to Cite

Owens, M. D. “Improve Disaster Response by Planning for and Logistically Supporting Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Diseases”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 19, no. 2, Apr. 2024, pp. 87-89, doi:10.5055/ajdm.0451.