Joe Cappiello on why emergency planners should network
Emergency Management Alert, March 11, 2008
"It's almost a cliché, but the saying is true: The onset of disaster is not the time to trade business cards."
Cappiello, the president and chief executive officer of Illinois-based Simulation Education Services (SES) and the former vice president for accreditation field operations at The Joint Commission, says it is important for planners to maintain their contacts with city planners, politicians, and fire and police personnel before a problem happens "so they can understand what their needs and priorities are when it comes time to help their communities recover. Without prior and ongoing dialogue, regional and jurisdictional issues that arise suddenly in disasters can surprise and derail their well rehearsed response plans."
Don't settle for telephone and e-mail communication, says Cappiello. Face time is crucial. Try to attend at least one networking event each month.
This month, Cappiello will host an HCPro audioconference, "The 96-Hour Rule: Will your facility's emergency plan hold up?" with independent planning consultant Peg Luebbert, MS, MT(ASCP),CHSP, and Patrick Wade, director of public safety at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, CA.
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