Aug
31

Give Them One More Pass?

Of all places in the US, Houston is the one where no excuses can be made for an emergency evacuation due to flooding. Since Hurricane Allison dropped 40 inches on the coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana, there have at least 8 billion-dollar storms and floods to hit southern Texas. In November 2012, Post-Sandy, we…
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Feb
27

Lessons from Mosul on Evolving Tactics

Small Drones in Urban Combat In the prolonged battle for coalition forces to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, Iraqi forces and US Special Forces operatives are encountering evolving tactics that include drones customized for reconnaissance, situational awareness, and small-scale explosive attacks. According to CBS News,  the consumer-grade flying machines have been raining down explosives…
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Feb
20

CMS 3178 Prepares Us for Events Like Oroville

CMS Compliance In November 2016, the CMS 3178 Final Rule was enacted, requiring CMS-participating Healthcare providers and suppliers to prepare All-Hazards Plans for Emergency Management, Communications, Training, and Exercises on an annual basis. These are required to be implemented at the site level prior to November 2017 in order to remain compliant under CMS Conditions…
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Mar
13

New US Ebola Patient Reported

Just as we felt the Ebola Outbreak was well behind, we were reminded through two stories today: In the first, WHO reported the milestone of 10,000 dead from the outbreak and as seen in thr video below, USA Today announced a new case of Ebola in the United States:    

Nov
08

What is the AHA Doing about All Hazards?

In another example the lack of awareness and attention paid to All Hazards threats in the Healthcare industry, the 2015 Environmental Scan published by the American Hospital Association (AHA), in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, and Trustees Magazine, targeted to C-Suite executives and Board Directors, there was no mention of the triple threats of  more…
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Oct
21

Collective Failure of Healthcare Oversight

As we look at the obvious lack of preparedness for this recent outbreak of Ebola and subsequent spread to healthcare workers in the US, we looked back at our coverage on this issue from April this year, and July, and the inevitable spread to the US and wondered why we were so unready to treat the…
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