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The safety and well-being of your patients, staff and community can be critical to survival
You never know where you’ll be when a disaster may strike. Recent flooding events in Northern California have shined a light on emergency evacuations. Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is so essential. Disasters come in all sizes and shapes including fire or smoke, severe weather, loss of power, earthquake, explosion, bomb threats, armed individuals, gas leak, loss of heat, and loss of normal water supply. In crisis situations, we are all dependent on each other.
The recent Oroville Dam structural collapse created a hazardous situation for the downstream communities and the town of Oroville. Emergency evacuation was required, and it involved the immediate movement of 200,000 people. Forced evacuations put the spotlight on healthcare systems and the need to protect the elderly and vulnerable members of a community. Emergency management encompasses all disciplines in healthcare communities.
How hospital communities can work together in an emergency to save lives
In the case of a hurricane or tropical storm, your patients, staff and family member’s physical safety is your first concern, so it’s important for you to prepare an emergency plan, in advance. But even if your facility is not directly hit by a disaster, your neighborhood or community could be affected for several days or longer by power outages, blocked roads, and damage to grocery stores, gas stations, and other businesses.
Your healthcare will be a beacon of safety for your community. Is your facility prepared in case of a disaster? Is your neighbor prepared? Is your community prepared? Do you have a plan? What does it take to be prepared? What type of resources are available to you in YOUR community? These are all the questions you need to ask BEFORE an emergency strikes.