Did you know that appropriate planning ensures business continuity?
We are facing new challenges every day. In recent years, even in just recent months, we have been through some unimaginable destruction, from tornadoes, hurricanes and floods to acts of terrorism. We have also seen countless high-profile data breaches, not to mention the defacing of several government and security firms by hacker groups.
All these factors do concern health care organizations. While they are simply events that we wish would never happen, we must be cautious and prepare our organizations, through appropriate and careful planning, to ensure business continuity throughout these events.
Having appropriate business continuity plans and disaster recovery plans in place will ensure that your health care organization can operate and care for patients through different types of interruptions. Whether natural disasters, human errors, or system crashes, catastrophes can be tragic in the health care setting, and having these plans in place is critical.
Take a look at the following web resources to start creating your plan:
Sign up as an individual or business to receive text alerts from local agencies based on your zip code. Alerts include severe weather and criminal activity, among others.
Download the FEMA app to receive weather alerts, safety tips for emergency preparation, location of FEMA shelters, and the ability to upload pictures of your emergency to help first responders.
Red Cross Emergency App
This app provides information in real time during a disaster and information to prepare in advance.
Public Safety Power Shutoff Alerts
Sign up with SDGE, Southern California Edison, and PG&E to receive alerts about public safety power shutoffs in the event of extreme weather or wildfire conditions.
Training & Resources:
California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
Responsible for coordinating the state’s responses to disasters and making sure that resources are mobilized. Locate your county or regional OES and sign up for social media alerts.
- Most counties have an OES office, although some smaller counties operate jointly. Search for your county’s OES office online by searching the name of your county and “OES” or look at the website of your city or county for links.
- CalOES MyHazards
Resources to understand the types of disasters that occur in California and how to prepare for them. Input your community’s address to see what specific hazards could commonly be expected at that location.
Ready.gov: Plan Ahead for Disasters
Federal website that provides information and planning tips for several different disasters, weather-related experiences, medical outbreaks, and violent episodes.
- Testing and Exercises for Businesses
- Safety and Preparedness Resources:
- Community Preparedness Toolkit: Provides step-by-step directions along with useful resources for making neighborhoods safer and more resilient to withstand disasters or emergencies.
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs): Educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Access training and informational materials and learn how to become trained and involved in your local CERT.
American Red Cross
Red Cross provides relief and support to those in crisis and helps people and organizations be prepared to respond in emergencies.
Most, but not all, California counties have 2-1-1 service. One of the many services they provide is information during an emergency. They can help with evacuation routes, emergency shelter and housing, and family reunification among others.
- Food and Water in an Emergency: This document from FEMA and the American Red Cross gives advice on creating and storing emergency food, water, and disaster supplies kits.
ProAction Insurance provides a business continuity plan to help our clients create a policy to prepare for various emergencies. In the event that something does occur, you will know how to spring into action to reduce your losses. We can guide you through the whole recovery process to help you minimize loss of revenue and customers, maintain public image and clarify the critical decisions to be made in a time of crisis.