2018 in Review: Disaster Preparedness

By Medline Newsroom Staff | January 9, 2019

2018 saw a number of severe weather events, 11 of which caused more than $1 billion in damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hospitals and clinics, especially those in areas prone to areas repeatedly hit by storms, floods and fires, have been updating and rethinking their disaster preparedness. As administrators formulate plans for 2019, here’s a recap of the top disaster preparedness stories of 2018:

#1
How can a hospital operate and provide care when faced with a natural disaster? Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) faced that exact dilemma one year ago, when the largest wildfire in California’s history at the time, the Thomas fire, broke out. Check out the 4 steps VCMC took when their disaster preparedness was tested last year.

#2
When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska on November 30th, Emergency Response Teams had to scramble to continue to provide care. Revisit how staff and strategic partners worked together in the aftermath of the largest earthquake in the state since 1964.

#3
How have administrators, clinicians and healthcare supply chain professionals adjusted after the hurricane and flooding that devastated Houston in 2017? Peter Saviola, who oversees acute care customer logistics at Medline, shared 7 key considerations that should be on any hospital’s emergency preparedness checklist.

#4
Planning ahead for disaster response is optimal, but what happens when a hospital or other medical facility has only minutes to evacuate? That’s what Martie Moore, Chief Nursing Officer at Medline, explored in her article “30 Minutes to Evacuate: What You Can Learn from the California Wildfires”.

#5
How did Medline’s logistics team keep branches in five states operational through a powerful hurricane? Hurricane Michael posed quite the challenge, but an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) helped guide drivers and distribution center works as they helped support the hospitals and senior living facilities that continued to provide care throughout the storm and its aftermath.

Learn more about how Medline can help address unexpected emergencies with optimized supply chain solutions .

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