Resources for 2018 Hurricane Season

PUBLISHED: Jul 5, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a 35-percent chance of an above-normal season.

For health care organization’s in hurricane-risk areas, preparing for hurricane season is an important aspect of the emergency operations plan. Before a hurricane, providers can provide important education to their patients. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. The CDC has published a new reference document that contains key messages on hurricane and flood related health threats. The Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters can help local responders quickly create and adapt health communication products for affected communities. The document contains messages on various topics including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold

During and immediately after a hurricane, healthcare facilities may see an influx of patients with crush injuries, thermal stress, electrical burns, musculoskeletal injuries and illness from contaminated water.

Now is a good time for organizations to take the time to review key response plans with their staff including how the organization will:

  • Dispatch rescue teams and/or emergency personnel
  • Manage evacuated populations
  • Response to patient surge(s)
  • Direct and coordination emergency response
  • Communicate with community emergency response management agencies

Included with today’s notice are policies related to the preparation and response of hurricane.

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