Hospitals spend considerable resources preparing for situations they hope never arise, according to an article on the Healthcare Dive website.
Health systems have learned lessons from the latest hurricanes. Such events are by their nature unpredictable. But as the importance of preparation becomes increasingly clear, the article said.
As the likelihood of severe weather grows, hospitals are working to be as ready as they can be.
The issues healthcare facilities need to consider include supply chain integrity, information sharing, protecting and preserving patient records, shelter-in-place plans, essential equipment, evacuation plans, patient surge and managing mass fatalities.