The power was out for 2 million electric customers in New York. Hospitals and nursing homes were evacuating patients and shutting down. Thousands of people were stranded in high-rise buildings, needing food and water. In Queens, houses were burning to the ground. Water rescues were taking place in New York City and on Long Island.
Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power. She never thought that she might face that danger herself. But on Monday night, as superstorm Sandy submerged parts of New York City, Bondy was one of 215 patients evacuated from New York University’s Langone Medical Center after basement flooding from the East River cut off its electricity.
Gaps Continue To Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response During Disasters: 2007-2010
U.S. Federal regulations require that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and provide employees with emergency preparedness training. In a 2006 report about nursing homes that experienced hurricanes, emergency plans lacked many provisions recommended by experts. In response, guidance checklists were issued for emergency planning of health care facilities, long-term care (LTC) ombudsman programs, and State survey agencies (SA). This study was conducted to assess emergency preparedness and response of nursing homes that experienced more recent disasters.
By sharing ideas and experiences, university emergency management teams are making sure they’re as prepared as possible for an on-campus disaster.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, PRIVATE SECTOR OFFICE
COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS UPDATE #15 MAY 15, 2009, 4:00 PM
The Disaster Preparedness Summit is a one-day program appearing in several cities that addresses key issues in responding to and managing the effects of disasters.
For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism may present special challenges. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) are urging residents of Washington state to be prepared.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coordinating Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response recently released a report, Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC’s Emergency Response.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently opened its newly constructed National Exercise Simulation Center (NESC) at FEMA Headquarters. The NESC provides a state-of-the-art facility to serve the all-hazards preparedness and response mission through pooling resources, maximizing efficiency and providing sustained exercise and training support to all stakeholders.
The Third National Emergency Management Summit will be held March 4-6, 2009 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel. The event is billed a response to many events, both environmental and geopolitical, which has created both a heightened risk and a heightened awareness of natural disasters, epidemics and terrorism in the US.
Advanced government organizations are leading the way by embracing new technologies, capabilities, and ideas that improve emergency response communication. Here are five useful practices that are emerging.