April, 2011 will long be remembered for the horrific tornado outbreak of historic proportions! Preliminary data reflects that at least 164 tornadoes reportedly swept across 7 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, ,Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia, killing nearly 250 people.
Many of our member facilities were in the path of destruction and fortunately sustained minor damage and no reported casualties. As the spring of 2011 continues and we count our blessings we should also be vigilant and review our current disaster preparedness processes.
The old adage “a good defense is the best offense” has true meaning when it relates to disaster preparedness. Although there is never a guarantee, being prepared, training our staff, supplying our buildings with emergency supplies and staying alert to weather changes may improve our chances for successfully maintaining safety for those entrusted to our care.
As a HealthCap member please take advantage of the resources located on the “Member Only” link at healthcapusa.com There are many resources focusing on disaster preparedness including but not limited to tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, man made disasters, etc. You will also find policies and procedures to assist in preparing your facility, training your staff and collaborating with community based resources in your effort to be prepared.
Thank you for all you do for our residents, stay safe and remember to be prepared!