a female student kneels next to a male student in a field during a wildfire simulation

The Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) on Feb. 25 held its 14th annual Disaster Day, a student-led disaster simulation drill that engages hundreds of students from diverse health profession programs.

Having health professionals trained in disaster response has become increasingly important. In 2021 alone, the United States experienced 20 natural disasters, from fires to floods. These disasters not only cost the country billions of dollars, but according to NOAA, they also caused at least 688 direct or indirect fatalities and hundreds of injuries.

Texas A&M Health has prioritized disaster response training for many years.

“Interprofessional disaster response training has become an integral part of our curriculum,” said Christine Kaunas, executive director for Interprofessional Education and Research at Texas A&M Health. “Our goal is to make sure our health profession students are well prepared for any medical situation they may come upon in their careers, and this may include doing triage in the middle of a hurricane, tornado or other emergency.”

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