From ensuring food safety and access to clean water to providing support to people with injuries or chronic diseases, registered dietitians play an important role in natural disaster relief in many ways, both during the event and in the weeks to come.
- Martha Lynch, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, CNSD, joined healthcare providers in a humanitarian aid mission in 2004 following the devastation left by the tsunami in Indonesia. Read about her experiences and lessons learned in the ADA Times article “Delivering Health and Hope to Tsunami Survivors.”
- After a natural disaster, food safety is a common concern. Learn more about food safety after a tsunami with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- What can registered dietitians do to support the survivors after a natural disaster? Stories from the Katrina recovery are shared in the September/October 2008 edition of ADA Times.
- ADA offers the Disaster and Emergency Preparedness in Foodservice Operations manual by Ruby P. Puckett, MA, RD, FCSI, CFE, and Charnette Norton, MS, RD, FADA, FCSI, FHCFA. The publication discusses distribution of food in an emergency situation, establishing temporary kitchens, biological and chemical contamination and other information that supports communities after a natural disaster.
Following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the country is suffering a nuclear crisis and some citizens are being exposed to radiation. Learn more about radiation exposure and detection.
Health authorities have distributed potassium iodide tablets to people at risk of radiation exposure. Potassium iodide is an inorganic compound designed to protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine.