Emergency Management Tip: Transportation during disasters

Emergency Management Alert, November 17, 2009

Because fuel becomes a precious commodity in a disaster, identify what contingencies are in place to support your staff's transportation needs. Some hospitals allow staff members who travel long distances or who can't support high fuel fill-ups to stay over night the hospital during disaster periods to ensure they have a work force. Other hospitals have additional fuel storage capacity to resupply their shuttles and other vehicles as needed.

If your hospital's emergency plan dictates that staff members park offsite, keep in mind that you'll need to provide transportation. Also consider the needs of patients who are ready to be discharged home but do not have a way to get there.

For more emergency management tips, check out HCPro's book, The Emergency Management Coordinator's Handbook for Hospitals.

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