Emergency Planning For Healthcare Professionals

December 18, 2015

A late November night rain transforms into an ice storm, making travel treacherous. Collisions clutter the streets. Emergency vehicles are having difficulty reaching these accidents. About seventy-five percent of homes and businesses in the town are without power.

Fortunately, the hospital has back-up generators to keep their power on. That's smart emergency planning for healthcare professionals for just such emergencies.

Below are a few more tips for maximizing efficiency and safety during a severe weather emergency:

  • Have a well developed business continuity plan in place and be prepared to use it
  • If not already done so, define the crisis manager who will take responsibility for executing on the business continuity plan
  • Contact additional staff to prepare for the large influx of patients
  • Train staff on how to handle emergency situations
  • Be sure staff is warned ahead of time in order to have plenty of time to travel
  • Make the necessary arrangements for patients who may not be able to leave the hospital on the night of the event
  • Ensure a solid system of communication to notify staff several hours before the ice storm so that the hospital works together as one
  • Work with a weather consulting service such as StormGeo for real time actionable weather insights

That's how hundreds of healthcare facilities utilize the meteorological expertise of StormGeo. It is critical for healthcare professionals to have not only local up-to-date weather information, but also have a team of trained meteorologists available on the other end of a phone line 24/7 for business continuity support.

A nursing home in Houston, TX may not need to know about a severe thunderstorm in Denver, CO. But they would need to know about a tornado-producing system coming their way. The sooner they know, the sooner they can take precautionary actions. Anyone with long-term skilled care facility experience knows what is involved with moving residents to a severe weather shelter area. It takes time.

Adverse conditions happen. Healthcare professionals must maintain the health and safety of both patients and employees. It's more than a wise investment, it's potentially the difference between life and death. You should have peace of mind when it comes to emergency planning and disaster recovery, and that is what we give our clients daily. Send us your business continuity plan and we'll be happy to take a look at it for you free of charge.