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Why Resilient Hospitals
Use Private Weather Services

Real Time. Real Service.

It was 1:05 pm on Friday, October 23rd, the last day of DNV GL’s 4th Annual Healthcare Symposium. Sessions were winding down as attendees casually finished their lunches and talked about their flights home, how much they enjoyed the event, and how excited they were to return to their families. Our colleagues in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara would have a very different weekend experience.

Rumblings of a tropical storm had begun earlier in the week, but nobody expected Hurricane Patricia to become a monstrous, category 5 hurricane, the strongest on record in the East Pacific Ocean. Speculation of Patricia’s path quickly turned from active concern for safety to outright panic for those in its track.

One of the representatives at DNV GL saw an opportunity to help her network in real-time while they could still benefit from advanced warning notifications and risk management support.

She wasted no time in engaging the expertise of StormGeo, a private weather decision guidance firm, to provide the right information there on-site at the show.

After a quick discussion with StormGeo’s Don Shelly, together they engaged tropical meteorologist Derek Ortt at StormGeo’s weather center headquarters in Houston, TX. What they got was more than an update on the most recent forecast of the storm’s path – they got a live expert who could answer vital questions, predict impact analysis, and give critical decision guidance as well.

After their call, the rep was able to send an email to her network with all the pertinent details – thanks to the on-demand access of StormGeo’s expert meteorologists, available 24/7/365.

One Source to Rule Them All

Over the three day event, StormGeo’s booth was frequented by healthcare professionals from around the globe, representing a varied group of hospitals and organizations. They recanted stories of tragedy and hardship from larger, well known storms such as Ike, Rita, Sandy, and Katrina.

They also talked of the more consistent challenges that cold weather, ice, snow, wind, flooding, and fog had created for them in the past when trying to transport patients and employees.

Others still argued (some with each other!) over who the ‘approved’ source of weather was when it came time to make decisions.

Their challenges varied in size and scope, but the overwhelming sentiment was clear. Every facility had been negatively impacted by various types of severe weather in the past, and they never felt completely prepared for the event or its costly effects.

Luckily, Category 5 Patricia was a relatively small hurricane at landfall, and it struck a sparsely-populated section of the Mexican coast; however, the situation serves as an example of how quickly the safety of patients, employees, and the community can change, as well as a reminder of how critical business continuity programs are for hospitals.

When lives are at risk and hospitals are preparing for devastating conditions, every minute counts. When decisions need to be made quickly, there needs to be one trusted source of weather.

For over 20,000 facilities worldwide, StormGeo is the official source of weather.

There are countless weather websites, applications, media sources and articles that claim to provide the most accurate information, but when your facility is in danger and your patients are at risk… how do you choose the right source of information when everyone’s forecasts are different? More importantly, how do you truly prepare for the impacts that it could have on your business?

StormGeo has helped over a dozen healthcare clients with hundreds of locations mitigate the risks of weather impacts through comprehensive emergency preparedness plan reviews, 24/7/365 access to expert meteorologists, and business decision guidance when and where it’s needed.

This not only saves time deciding which weather forecast to follow, but also reduces the associated costs by being fully prepared and mitigates the overall risk of the impact.

Isn’t it time your hospital had a weather department?