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How Should Hospitals Prepare for Two Disasters at Once?

By Cathy Jakicic Emergency Preparedness

To prepare for the potential of two disasters at once — COVID-19 and a hurricane,  hospital leaders should be coordinating with other emergency response agencies in their area, according to the Advisory Board.

One lesson that came out of Katrina was the need for a cross-jurisdictional involvement in terms of how multiple agencies and hospitals came together. 

Also important — setting up shelters for vulnerable and/or electric-dependent populations. 

In the event of a hurricane, current Covid operations/facilities could be expanded as needed. Doing so might allow the hospitals to remain intact and operational if an evacuation order is not issued.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.



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