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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: How to get the hospital ready for bad weather

This white paper presents a model for thinking about the components of a comprehensive strategy to get hospitals ready for destructive weather.  There are four layers of resilience outlined in this model:

  • Usable information for decision-making
  • Ensure continuity of health services
  • Create durable/resilient facilities (hardening structures, incremental adaptations, innovative practices)
  • Risk management (Joint Commission accreditation standards, insurance)

Each of these components, as well as the broader concept of community resilience, is discussed in this report.

Source: American Meteorological Society.  A Prescription for the 21st Century: Improving Resilience to High-Impact Weather for Healthcare Facilities and Services, Apr. 2014.  Click here for access to this white paper:  http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/assets/File/health_workshop_report.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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