Disaster Planning

Getting ready for the unthinkable

Getting ready for the unthinkable

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Natural disasters and catastrophic events by definition arise unpredictably and consequently do not remain even in the back of people's minds on a consistent basis.

Why you must have 'All Hazards' disaster planning and the incident command system

Why you must have 'All Hazards' disaster planning and the incident command system

As perils of all types, including wildfires, floods, tornados, earthquakes, mass shootings and a wide variety of other adverse events, impact our nation, providers of senior services must understand the ultimate importance of establishing robust and compliant protocols that will address an "All Hazards" approach to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Bottom to top upgrade

Bottom to top upgrade

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Flooded by Hurricane Sandy, a 10-story Brooklyn facility renovated from basement to rooftop, improving its look and storm-proofing.

How do you compare to McDonald's?

How do you compare to McDonald's?

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Maybe your dining program can't compete with McDonald's for sheer speed, pseudo nutrition and potentially hazardous toys. But how does your disaster response plan compare? That's the real question.

Organizational issues to consider in disaster planning

Organizational issues to consider in disaster planning

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Just as Hurricane Katrina prompted discussion about emergency preparedness in 2005, Superstorm Sandy has re-ignited talks in the senior living communities about their ability to respond to disasters. When storm surges hit New York City last October, about 6,000 people were evacuated from various healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and adult day facilities.

Flirting with disaster

Flirting with disaster

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Having once slept through a 6.7-magnitude earthquake, driven blithely through snowstorms and regularly horrified my Kansas-born husband with my lack of knowledge about tornadoes, I am far from an expert on natural disaster planning.