Is Your Staff Prepared?

Take a few moments and make sure everyone your facility counts on is prepared at home, too.
 
Emergency preparedness begins at home, and while our focus is tied to healthcare organizations, the same principles apply to each and every family. Your staff can’t fully focus on your patients if they are worried about their own families.
 
If your staff isn’t prepared, then your facility isn’t prepared.
 
Two recent articles, written with the military family in mind, are very applicable to the healthcare family and the first responder family. Both are written by Rebecca Alwine, who has an MS in Emergency Management from American Military University.
 
How military families should prepare for natural disasters
Originally published on Military OneClick
 
“As a military spouse, I have the perspective of needing to prepare for big events on my own. Since my husband will likely be called to his duty station, I need to be prepared to prepare our family alone. Just like the family of a first responder or healthcare worker needs to be prepared. By establishing a plan ahead of time, I can maintain a measure of calm that is important both for my children and for my husband, so he can focus on his job.
 
“Preparing for a natural disaster probably slips to the bottom of our to-do lists frequently and with good reason. We have so many other things going on, but we need to take time to prepare and then make sure we update and refresh our emergency plan as needed. Here’s how to do that.”
 
Proactive vs. Reactive Emergency Planning for Military Families
 
“Have a plan, make it known to those around you, practice your plan, and be prepared. This is especially important for military families, as the chance of separation in times of disaster increases. The service member is typically tasked with preventative measures like protecting the installation, helping with sandbags to prevent flooding, or evacuating troops from the barracks. The family members may be the ones implementing the disaster plan and therefore everyone must know their roles and be comfortable with them. Utilize the resources at your disposal and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
 
We at Crisis Prevention and Response encourage you to do the same and to encourage your staff to do the same. Need more help? Here are some resources from FEMA.
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