Fire Hazards, Compliance, Training, & Mass Disaster
Hospitals must take a different approach to mitigating continuous risk. Their approach must be continuous, on a cycle that has no end: continuous training, continuous drills, continuous dialogue, etc. Although there are many risks and many facets to each risk a hospital faces, some of the most popular are fire hazards, compliance, training, and mass disaster. Read More
Hospitals’ risk and concerns differ from most other facilities and accept many people in the event of a mass disaster in their community. Natural disasters, chemical releases, large car accidents and other situations like active shooters and terrorist attacks are all cause for concern, and are scenarios hospitals must prepare for.
Natural disasters and weather are out of our control, but they can carry serious risk not only to infrastructure, but also public health. When these scenarios arise, hospitals must be prepared to accept patients, possibly many that are injured from the disaster. Since the weather patterns and seasons are predictable to a degree, we can assume there may be injuries from hurricanes from June to November, but earthquakes can be harder to predict and injuries from these may be in the hundreds. This is when up-to-date training comes in. Up-to-date training means hospital staff are better prepared to treat and respond because they are trained on the latest protocols and have the information fresh in their mind, enabling them to cope and respond in a more efficient manner. Read More
Training is arguably the most critical component to mitigate risk at your hospital. Timely training reduces the amount of safety related incidents and creates a safer facility for not only patients, but staff as well. Whether it be a slip, trip or fall concern, or reducing illness for staff, training will help to mitigate most risks. Training is knowledge and knowledge is power, power over your safety and security concerns.Read More
Compliance. A well-known word to those who work in the medical field. According to Merriam-Webster, compliance is, “the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do.” Many organizations require compliance for hospitals, such as OSHA, The Joint Commission, and others. It can become difficult for hospitals to juggle these requirements and continually meet them. Today we want to help by offering some tips on how you can manage compliance needs and schedules at your hospital. Read More
Movie theaters draw large crowds which shifts the safety focus to inside the building, but unsafe conditions are likely to happen outside your theater as well. Whether an emergency inside forces patrons out, or a situation outside, there are ways to use the environment to your advantage and increase safety and security not only for the outside of your facility, but also inside. Today we are going to give you 5 ways you can increase theater safety through environmental design. Read More
Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) are critical to emergency planning and preparedness for any facility. According to FEMA, emergency operating procedures means, “A document that assigns responsibility to organizations and individuals for carrying out specific actions at projected times and places in an emergency that exceeds the capability or routine responsibility of any one agency.”
Many people working on EOPs confuse them with plans; however, they are much different because emergency operating procedures are not as specific as emergency plans. Plans will be very specific and will differ according to emergency type such as fire, active shooter, flooding, etc. Procedures on the other hand are broader and say “if there’s a fire, the fire department will respond and take over the response.” Read More
4 Common Methods to Communicate with Parents During an Incident
When a school crisis strikes, the first priority is safety for all students, staff, and visitors on the campus. Once a safe environment is stabled, the second priority is alerting parents and guardians and informing them of reunification procedures. With the advancement of technology there are many forms of communication to utilize when notifying parents. Keep reading to learn about the 4 most popular methods used to notify parents of a school crisis. Read More
When I started interviewing a school resource officer and a campus officer, I thought that their jobs would be very similar in the fact that their sole purpose was to deter crime and violence in the respective school setting. For the most part, they do the same types of things every day, but the other aspects that make up their jobs are much different. Today, we are going to see how a school resource officer and a campus officer are used in different capacities in their schools.
First I want to clarify that a school resource officer is used in k-12 settings and that a campus officer is utilized in higher education. Both are typically employed by a local law enforcement agency and both also hold jurisdictions outside of their school. Read More
The NYSSA Rapid Responder Program is an aidable service being offered by NY BOCES to their component districts in order to help enhance school emergency preparedness and response. Join the Dutchess BOCES on March 1st to learn about the program and how other NY BOCES have been offering the aidable service. A live demonstration of the system will be provided by Ryan Ellsworth, with Prepared Response, Inc. followed by a Q&A session. Read More
Live Demonstrations & Guest Speakers Share System Benefits
Prepared Response, Inc. recently visited with key education leaders across New York to provide information and in-person demonstrations about the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program. Meetings were held in Erie, Syracuse, Ulster, and Plattsburgh and offered a firsthand look at the system. Attendees heard from guest speakers about its effectiveness and how ensures a timely response to emergencies or incidents. Read More