Published 6/1/2012

AAOS Launches Disaster Preparedness and Response Webpage

Links to information and resources

The response of AAOS members to both domestic disasters such as the tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo., and international catastrophes such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake reflects the dedication and humanitarian generosity of orthopaedic surgeons. To provide interested members with the information they need to prepare for and aid in an effective response, the AAOS has developed a new disaster preparedness and response section of the AAOS website—www.aaos.org/disaster.

The webpage is one of the central elements of the Academy’s Disaster Preparedness Plan formulated under the AAOS–Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) Disaster Preparedness Project Team co-chaired by Christopher T. Born, MD, and David Teuscher, MD. Webpage implementation has been overseen by the current Project Team chair, Peter G. Trafton, MD.

“The site is a great tool both for orthopaedic surgeons new to disaster response and for those with experience,” said Dr. Born. “Being informed about the available resources, training, and programs is key to a successful response.”

A central hub
Several agencies, programs, and resources are dedicated to disaster response and preparedness. The disaster preparedness and response section of the AAOS website provides one central location for key information relevant to orthopaedists.

The site outlines the AAOS Disaster Preparedness Plan—from background information to instructions on how to become an AAOS-Registered Disaster Responder. Disaster response training opportunities, including the disaster response course developed by the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and co-sponsored by the AAOS and the OTA, are highlighted.

The site also provides links to nongovernmental organizations, U.S. government disaster response and pre-credentialing agencies and programs, and selected resources and other preparedness sites. Brief summaries of what is available help guide members to the information they need.

In case of a disaster that requires an orthopaedic response, the site will serve as the central source of vital information for AAOS members.

Looking forward
The disaster preparedness and response section of the website will grow over time. Check back frequently for updates.

For more information on the AAOS Disaster Preparedness Plan, project team activities, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.aaos.org/disaster