Emergency Management Tip: Building a culture of preparedness

Emergency Management Alert, March 30, 2010

Hospital leaders can emphasize a culture of preparedness beginning with orientation. Every staff member needs to be personally accountable for familiarizing him or herself with the organization's emergency codes, emergency plans, and specific departmental responses.

This culture is an active process in which staff members seek out information, participate in additional training, and know exactly what the expectations are if an emergency response occurs. The emergency management coordinator can work with the department leaders to drill staff members on potential scenarios that could activate or affect their department. This could happen during regularly scheduled staff meetings with a brief tabletop scenario and discussion. Doing so will give staff members an opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers.

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

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