Emergency: When Hospitals Aren’t Prepared and Disaster Strikes

Posted on May 16, 2018

In the best of times, healthcare providers must be hyperaware of their surroundings at all times: one misplaced file, an incorrect dosage of medication, the wrong protocol, a down server, is a matter of life and death when it comes to patients. In the worst of times—when disaster strikes— healthcare providers must also be able to effectively execute an emergency response plan, and become leaders in risk management and situational awareness.


2017 was the most expensive hurricane season in American history. 36 hospitals in Florida were forced to close during Hurricane Irma, with 54 running on backup generators and still reporting water intrusion and severed system connectivity.


Texas’ Hurricane Harvey, in addition to forcing widespread hospital closures, endangered those medical institutions who chose not to evacuate. “Decisions not to shut nursing homes for Hurricane Harvey left some residents in peril,” officials reported. Rescuers removed about two dozen people from the La Vita Bella assisted living center. An alarming photograph spread across social media of the center’s residents in wheelchairs and lounge chairs, sitting in water to their waists.”


Perhaps most devastating was Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, because the island’s health infrastructure was already in crisis. Long after the hurricane hit, a majority of the island’s 69 hospitals were still—and are still, to this day—without electricity or fuel for generators.


2018’s hurricane activity is predicted to be above average. What is your plan?


NC4 E Team®, an Incident Management solution, has a proven track record in managing major emergencies, including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and Hurricane Harvey.


When it comes to these kinds of hurricanes, no matter the size of your organization, steps must be taken to put yourself in a better position to react and respond. Every level of your healthcare organization must be heavily invested in emergency planning and preparedness. E Team allows for easy-to-use collaboration and communication tools in a commercial off-the-shelf product. You can communicate and collaborate within and across agencies when preparing, managing, and responding to emergencies on this scale. 


E Team is currently being used by federal, state and local governments, plus corporate enterprises in a variety of integrated applications. It is the only emergency management solution in the market that meets stringent security requirements for installations requiring advanced levels of security, while providing timely, relevant incident information and the tools to track and manage resources and assets.


NC4 can help to relieve some of the pressures from the unknown variables so your team can continue to deliver vital health care services to the public and your patients, even when—especially when—disaster strikes. Contact us at 877-624-4999 or email us at NC4@info.com to learn more.

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