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Emergency preparedness in low-income senior high-rises in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

El-Hajje, Rima (2014) Emergency preparedness in low-income senior high-rises in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

The number of people age 65 and older in the United States (US) is growing at a significant rate: It is expected that older adults will account for 19% of the population by 20301. Many of the elderly population have chronic diseases and special needs that lead them to live in public housing or nursing homes. The following paper examines the state of emergency preparedness in low-income senior high rises in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Interviews with residents and housing authority staff revealed well devised emergency plans but a lack of comprehensive implementation of these plans. Emergency preparedness, before a disaster hits, is vital for the survival of older people who reside in senior high-rises. Ensuring that the best possible emergency plans are in place to protect the elderly is an important step toward improving public health in emergency situations.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
El-Hajje, Rima
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFeingold, Eleanorfeingold@pitt.eduFEINGOLDUNSPECIFIED
ReviewerAlbert, Stevensmalbert@pitt.eduSMALBERTUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 19:38
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:02
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20990

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