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Staying Safe In The Storm: Preparing your facility for severe weather and responding when it hits...
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When: May 18, 2016
12:00 PM (CDT)
Where: AHEPP Webinar
United States
Presenter: Rob Dale, Planner / Deputy Emergency Manager for Ingham County (MI) Office of Homeland Security and
Contact: Kristine Sanger

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It's the wrong time to find out the missing parts of your emergency response plans for severe weather when the tornado sirens are sounding or the two feet of snow has fallen. This training will examine some best practices in the planning stage, and help you avoid some pitfalls when it comes time to respond and react. For example, many hospitals day have in their plans that in a snowstorm, volunteer employees with four-wheel drive cars will be used to pick up snowbound coworkers. Does your risk management team know that still is in there? In most cases, they (and/or your insurance agency) won't approve. Some hospitals assume the local police or sheriff department will pick up doctors unable to make it in for surgery - but when is the last time you sat down with the responders and actually asked them how that process would work? This training will use some real-world examples of events where the plan didn't match reality, so you can correct that ahead of time. It will go through the process needed to become part of the free National Weather Service StormReady program, which brings in your local experts at no cost to you to examine in better detail how prepared your facility is for all types of inclement weather. In addition, too many hospitals are using weather alerting systems not intended for the intricate needs of medical facilities - especially those with offsite locations. We'll close out the webinar with a brief demonstration of a very low cost cloud-based system called First2Warn (which is free for many health providers with access to ASPR grant funds.)


Presented by Rob Dale.

Rob Dale is a meteorologist and emergency manager. After spending 12 years on TV with a primary emphasis on severe weather coverage, he made the transition to the emergency management field 7 years ago. He spent two years as the Emergency Manager for both McLaren Greater Lansing hospitals, and now serves as the planner / deputy emergency manager for Ingham County (MI) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.



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