Keywords: best practices, disaster response, emergency medical services, mass casualty incidents, real-time medical response, readiness, terrorism, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, weapons of mass destruction, WMD, emergency management, disaster management, Rhode Island Disaster Initiative, RIDI, failures, logistics, coordination, communication, decontamination
Rhode Island disaster initiative
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.