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Pennsylvania Hospitals Preparing for Peak Hurricane Season

September 13, 2018

With hurricane season entering its peak, and Hurricane Florence projected to make landfall tomorrow, Pennsylvania’s health care community is closely monitoring the next round of hurricanes that could impact the commonwealth.

HAP’s emergency preparedness team currently is working with Pennsylvania’s hospitals to assist them in preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. Florence may bring additional heavy rain to the commonwealth and, in light of the recent flooding events that have plagued communities across Pennsylvania, hospitals are taking extra preparedness precautions.

Hospital preparedness activities include:

  • Regular briefings about the status of the storm
  • Daily calls with leadership of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Coalition, to further coordinate preparedness and response
  • Completing hospital emergency preparedness checklists that include action items broken down by hours before the storm’s projected arrival
  • Ensuring families of hospital staff have emergency preparedness plans, so that hospital staff can be ready to assist patients

Mark Ross, HAP’s vice president, emergency preparedness, also urged Pennsylvania’s families to take this time to review and update their own preparedness plans. Emergency supply checklists are available at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s website

HAP’s emergency preparedness team works with hospitals across Pennsylvania to coordinate preparedness for and response to a wide range of needs, including weather events like Hurricane Florence, large-scale events, cybersecurity needs, and infectious disease outbreaks.

Last year, in response to Hurricane Harvey, a member of HAP’s emergency preparedness team was deployed to support Texas medical operations as a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) group from Pennsylvania.

HAP’s emergency preparedness team will continue to monitor the status of Hurricane Florence and assist hospitals as their needs arise and change. For more information about HAP’s emergency preparedness work, contact Mark Ross, vice president, emergency preparedness.

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