From the foreword: "The complexity of planning and providing for public health and medical responses to both foreign and domestic, natural and man-made incidents should never be underestimated. Every disaster response requires leaders, planners, and response personnel to manage increasingly more information and produce better, faster results. The volume and complexity of information following a disaster often exceeds an individual's ability to respond effectively; therefore, a systematic approach is required - the checklist. Although the checklist is a simple tool, it enables the execution of sophisticated tasks by dividing them into segments that are more manageable, presenting them as a linear thought process. Furthermore, checklists can reduce human error by including rudimentary, yet critical-issues that might not have been considered. This guidebook is a quick reference that is separated into several topic areas, each with its own checklist, which can be selectively tailored to suit a scenario. Although the checklist is a valuable tool, it is .experience that allows for the understanding of a situation with all of its 'nuances of timing and sequence of incidents.' This document should be evaluated at a minimum of every two to three years to take advantage of new insights, experience, and knowledge, but especially following large-scale exercises and major disasters. Without periodic review and revision, this document will quickly become stagnant and fail to meet its intent. Every post-disaster review will drive further development and refinement of these checklists and thought processes, resulting in a dynamic and indispensable tool."
Global Health Strategies for Stability, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine: http://www.ghss.cdham.org/