Healthcare Partnerships for Increased Response to Regional Emergencies

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Tips on Increasing Partnership for Resource Allocation

Incidents like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. bring about chaos, especially for those trying to help. Hospitals become overrun with victims and others needing assistance that they can’t accept everyone or they run out of resources. By creating healthcare partnerships with other local hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even hospitals that are a reasonable distance away, you can gather the resources to assist all that come in needing help during regional emergencies. Read More

Are you Ready for a Megaquake?

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A Look at How The Pacific Northwest is Preparing

Recently, the Seattle Times featured a story on “The Big One,” a phrase being used to describe an almost certain Cascadia megaquake and tsunami on the West Coast, but more specifically in the Pacific Northwest Region. The article talks in depth about the plans and preparations being made to respond to such a large-scale catastrophe that could hit at any moment. It is comforting to know our state and local government agencies are allocating resources to respond effectively to a natural disaster that will affect almost every person in the region. Below are some highlights and specifics from the article and how the drill will play out with nearly 6,000 participants. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk: Mass Disaster

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Prepare Early for an Efficient Response

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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

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital: Training

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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

Essential Tools for Emergency Responses at Your Place of Worship

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Gathering & Documenting Resources for Emergencies

When an emergency happens at your place of worship you want to be prepared, including having on hand the resources you will need to respond effectively. Different types of emergencies will produce different types of responses, so it is important to have essential tools for a wide variety of emergencies that may present themselves. Click through the tabs to see necessities for different incidents that may happen at your place of worship. Read More

Places of Worship: Community Ambassadors During Emergencies

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Last month severe flooding struck the south eastern states, with South Carolina taking the brunt of the destruction. Nineteen people lost their lives in the historic flooding, families lost their belongings and valuables, many evacuated by boat leaving everything behind, and roads were completely washed away, including sections of Interstate 95. During the flooding in South Carolina and other times of crisis around the world, people sought help at a common area, places of worship. In most every emergency, places of worship step up and act as ambassadors for their communities. Read More

Enhancing Safety for Retail Stores

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As a retailer, you understand that your stores have a very different set of risks than other organizations including the concern for visitors and access points. Not only must you plan for the safety and security of your business, but also for your employees and customers. Today we want to help retailers understand how they can be proactive in enhancing the safety in and around their store. Read More

Hotel Series: Preparing for Natural Disasters

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We have been looking this week at ways that hotels can guarantee safety for their guests. Today we are continuing our series on how hotels can prepare for natural disasters to keep their guests and properties safe. Yesterday we discussed ways hotels can ensure guest safety in and around water, specifically pools, in the summer. Inclement weather is a reality for much of the U.S. and hotels must plan and prepare for a variety of natural disasters to keep their guests and structures safe. Below are 6 tips to help ensure that your hotel is prepared for natural disasters. Read More