Short Research Paper

Short Paper on Disasters and Emergency Management:

Write a 3-5 paged paper (excluding the title page and references) on a specific disaster. Examples include:





Winter Storm 

Heat-related Disaster 

Volcanic Eruption 

Disease epidemic or pandemic
Nuclear event

You must address in your paper the following:

1) What issues in this disaster would make triaging of victims a challenge?

2) What Public Health issues may ensue (e.g., infectious disease outbreaks) and what can we do to mitigate the events? 

3) How can interagency cooperation and local collaboration be effectively utilized?

Your paper should adhere to APA expectations and must include a cover page, an introduction, the body, a well-defined conclusion, and a reference page. Your paper must include at least 5 scholarly references (no Wikipedia!). References should be scholarly peer reviewed journal articles, official reports or from other reading resources.

Assignments submitted late without advance notice AND instructor approval will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.


The paper must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font with all references cited. As always, Wikipedia, Wikianswers, and are NOT academic/scholarly sources. Papers will be graded based on the following areas: Foundation and synthesis of knowledge, application of knowledge critical thinking, writing skills, use of computer technology and application, and organization of ideas and format. Refer to Library Online Resource Center for any research assistance. Refer to the Student Handbook for policies relevant to academic honesty and other procedures and policies related to this course.