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Dr. Mark Keim helps experts and everyday people to better understand disasters so that they can protect themselves, their families and their communities.
A prolific author, speaker, consultant and the founder of DisasterDoc™, Mark is one of the most widely recognized disaster medical experts in the world. His passion for disaster preparedness developed after he survived a tornado that destroyed his home and claimed the lives of 13 people.
This near-death experience shaped his life and inspired his message to the world – empowerment through preparation.
“I believe in the heroic power of the individual that arises in time of challenge and makes a real difference in the community.” – Mark Keim
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HEAR FROM OTHERS THAT KNOW MARK
“Mark has a keen perspective not only in the medical realm but also in the wider context of how health issues can impact wider society including both public and private organizations. He is an extremely effective communicator and we have had the good fortune of having him present at recent global forums in Singapore and New York”.
Bill Raisch, Executive Director, Global Resilience Network, International Center for Enterprise Preparedness at New York University
Practical, easy steps that can save your life
Disasters can strike at any time. The news is full of stories about catastrophic earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes.
Many of us think we will be safe during an emergency. We think rescue teams will find us. Yet, the reality is that during an actual crisis, rescue teams can’t reach everyone in need.
Who can help during a disaster? YOU CAN!
That’s right; the tools you need to stay safe are within your reach. In this comprehensive series of guidebooks, videos, seminars and podcasts, Dr. Mark Keim personally shares his practical approach to reduce risks before they happen. This invaluable information helps you to protect yourself, your family and your community before and after a disaster.
Too Little Too Late
Why you can’t rely on rescue
The problem with emergency response and rescue is that it’s often too little and too late. In this life-changing eBook learn the real reasons why disaster response doesn’t work and how everyday people, just like you, can learn how to stay safe in the midst of crisis.
From the Blog
5 Most Common (and most dangerous) Disaster Myths
These five disaster myths have been so persistent over time they have been called the “ultimate disaster survivors.”
Near the start of my career at the CDC, one of my professional idols and mentors, Dr. Claude DeVille De Goyet published a scientific journal article entitled, “Stop propagating disaster myths”. Of course I had to read it! I (along with many others at the time) read everything this man had written. He was and still is truly one of the greats in our field.
WHEN CAMPING SAVES YOUR LIFE…
Camping is the single most important disaster drill that Americans can undertake
People often ask me, “What’s the single most effective thing that I can do right now to prevent myself from being killed in a disaster?” I say, “Go camping”! … And I’m not joking. Why is that? Why do I say, “Camping is the single most important disaster drill that Americans could undertake”? It’s because, disasters (like the old real estate adage) are “all about location, location, location”. It is most often because of our location at the time that we are exposed to dangerous hazards during a disaster.
WHY YOU CAN’T RELY ON RESCUE
When it comes to disasters, rescue is nearly always “too little and too late”.
In this blog, I’ll share with you, the very real reason why disaster response doesn’t work, even in the most affluent societies on earth. There are three main sources of medical care available to the victims injured by disasters: local, national and international. Each of these sources has serious limitations in the effectiveness of patient care that it is capable of providing. According to one report by the prestigious Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, several major problems become apparent when this system is applied to a mass casualty disaster involving thousands of casualties.