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University of Tennessee nursing professors aim to prepare Appalachian region for the worst
Date:9/3/2013

disaster or public health emergency."

At the same time, the project will train a new generation of professionals to work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

"The collaboration with the nursing program is a fantastic example of how creativity works," said J. David Matthews, Interior Design program chair. "By bringing together two very different disciplines, we can build amazing new design ideas that cannot be realized independently."

"We look forward to providing input on reducing the safety concerns of the hospital including potential threats and access issues," said Don Green, executive director of UT's Law Enforcement Innovation Center.

Over three years, the group aims to have a comprehensive assessment of the community's health status, living conditions, and disaster readiness and vulnerability; an enhancement of overall wellness, including structural safety of homes and buildings; and the development of a community that has sufficient disaster preparedness training and resources. The project members will write grants to pay for costly updates and work with UT students and volunteers to implement solutions.

"Flooding in Clay County this year was devastatingcompromising homes, health, safety and sanitation," said Tracy Nolan, director of community outreach at Red Bird Mission. "With UT's help and knowledge of best practices, we will identify innovative solutions to local issues, never before attainable."

"Emergency management is about preparing for uncertainty, and we are so excited to have the additional resources made possible through this grant," said David Watson, emergency management director for Clay County and executive director of Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Participants include nursing professors Susan Speraw, Moriah McArthur and Mary Nypaver; architecture and design professors John McRae and J. David Matthews; John Schwartz, environmental engineering professor; Don Green from th
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Contact: Whitney Heins
wheins@utk.edu
865-974-5460
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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