Which of the following is considered an internal disaster?
A tornado that has touched down on the healthcare facility
A severe cyclone that has destroyed nearby homes
A massive train accident that brings victims to your facility
An act of bioterrorism in a nearby factory
Correct Response: A
A tornado that has touched down on the healthcare facility is an example of an internal disaster because this tornado has directly affected the healthcare facility. Tornados, cyclones, hurricanes and other severe weather emergencies can be both an internal disaster when they affect the healthcare facility and also an external disaster when they impact on the lives of those living in the community. Hurricane Katrina is a good example of a weather emergency that affected not only healthcare facilities but also members of the community.