With the brunt of the massive Hurricane Michael bearing down on the Florida Panhandle in 2018, several of the region’s hospitals were forced to evacuate patients. In the midst of these efforts, with windows exploding and rooftops blowing off, new patients arrived with various injuries associated with the storm. Calling it a perfect storm for disaster would be an understatement.
Natural and man-made disasters are sweeping news feeds and TV channels almost weekly. With floods in Louisiana and Texas, hurricanes along the East Coast, wild fires out West, and snow storms in the Midwest, it is evident that no region of the country is immune to these unfortunate events.
The outbreak of an infectious disease can bring terrible consequences to large numbers of people in a short period of time, and its impact on a health organization can be far reaching and significant. To be proactive, many organizations are taking steps to assess the risks and help their staff minimize those risks when presented with the possibility of an outbreak by having a hospital incident management plan.