A tale of two cities: responses to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption and lessons for health disaster management

Seidl, Isaac A., Daly, Michael P., Johnson, Andrew J., and Aitken, Peter (2011) A tale of two cities: responses to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption and lessons for health disaster management. Australian Health Review, 35 (3). pp. 294-296.

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Abstract

[Extract] The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted on 20 March 2010, entering a new phase (new craters opening) on 14 April 2010. The resulting ash plume caused the progressive closure of European air space from 15 April. Following a period of initial uncertainty, air space remained closed for six days causing the cancellation of several thousand flights, leaving travellers stranded both in Europe and in transit hubs around the world.

We describe the experience of two travellers who were en route to the BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care ('International Forum') during the unfolding of the disaster. Their contrasting experiences of airline responses to the crisis and the capacity of hub cities to cope with an unexpected influx of travellers unable to continue their journeys have important lessons for health disaster managers.

Item ID: 21430
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1449-8944
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 03:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 100%
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