But We Have a Good Plan!
- The threats they face are constantly changing.
- The tools available to them are constantly evolving.
- The interests they must protect have broadened, from 13 colonies to risks around the world.
- As our equipment becomes more interconnected, its vulnerabilities to electric power loss, internet interruption and even hacking increase greatly.
- The residents and patients we protect have changed. Not only are they older, on average, but with increased concerns about dementia, and probably a greater variety of languages spoken than in the past.
- The tools available to us, both internally and within our community, have changed.
- Our staff turns over frequently, taking with it years of institutional knowledge, but bringing in new ideas and energies that should be focused on patient safety.
- We can’t get it all right the first time. Start by focusing on the risks that have the highest potential impact, and, when you’ve reached a comfort level with them, take on the next most concerning risk.
- Local emergency management professionals, who understand both regional threats and regional resources;
- Industry associations’ publications and discussions about risks and preparedness ideas in your specific field;
- A review of exercises and events, major and minor, in your facility and within your whole community;
- You: as someone who assumes responsibility for preparedness, you should be saving anecdotes about events, discussions, and concerns that should be addressed in your emergency plans and your preparedness training.
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