Healthcare Leads the Way in Lessons Learned from Hurricanes

While hospitals have developed their disaster plans in recent years to adapt to the ever-increasing severity of weather in the wake of global climate change, it can be hard to adapt to situations not encountered in the past. These developments and subsequent lessons learned in the wake of such events can be applied to a variety of businesses. This is due to the fact that the healthcare field typically leads the way when it comes to developing initiatives that often are adopted in other, unrelated industries. Below are some lessons that can be used to help prepare for and recover from severe weather, such as tropical storms and hurricanes, according to


One development from a devastating natural disaster are the fundamental changes to the community they hit. One area of adaptation lies in the accommodation of patients from healthcare facilities that must close during a crisis for one reason or another. This puts added pressure on the capabilities of those hospitals and can stretch their resources to the limit. Being able to meet these new demands is an important aspect of any hospital’s disaster plans.

Fix Weak Areas

It is also important to assess a hospital’s areas of weakness, including areas prone to flooding, any potential power loss, and the strength of communications in a crisis. Once vulnerabilities have been determined, solutions to those problems need to be discussed and an appropriate course of action decided upon to fix those problems. This can save healthcare facilities lots of potentially lost money, as well as help prevent a costly and sometimes even deadly situation for patients during an evacuation of the facility.

Caring for Staff and the Community

When a disaster strikes, hospital staff suffers losses just like everyone else in the community. Helping them get back on their feet can help assure them that they won’t be forgotten in the drive to rebuild the facility and surrounding community. Another area lies in the caring for members of the community who might be temporarily displaced and need somewhere to go until adequate shelter is available. Setting aside an area beforehand can help alleviate an inrush of people when the natural disaster hits.

Lead the Way

When the healthcare landscape is changed in the aftermath of a disaster, be among those who take the lead in developing new programs designed to deal with such disasters in the future, as well as adapting to those changes. Companies should take such an opportunity to reinvent themselves, coming out ahead as they adapt to the newer circumstances. This can include taking the lead in affecting such reinvention.


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