Hurricane

Natural disaster caused by high winds and rainfall.

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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May
01

Ready for Forensic Mass Casualties?

May 1, 2014 The explosion at the Pensacola, Florida jail and subsequent evacuation of 600 prisoners raises some important questions for Hospital Emergency Management, among them: Do we have surge capacity for mass casualties? Do we have a plan to treat forensic mass casualty patients? Do we have a protocol to keep stakeholders safe? What…
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Apr
30

Bait and Switch: Ready or Not?

As we were reviewing the events that led up to adding 3178-P Proposed Rule into the Federal Register, we looked back over the available guidance going back to 9/11 to identify sources that might have saved lives in Katrina and other major disasters. We found two documents worth reviewing, both of which were supported or…
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Apr
17

BioError, BioTerror Update

The following excerpt is from our first book, Unready, published in 2010. The format of the text was based on a discussion of Myths and Realities regarding the state of Healthcare Emergency Readiness. Many of the issues have yet to be addressed and it could be argued that the situation is even more dangerous. This…
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Apr
06

CMS-3178-P Proposed Rule Official Comments

As All Hazards Readiness consultants we have been following the Proposed Rule CMS-3178-P with interest since it was slipped into the Federal Register during the holiday season (December 27, 2013). Being  a third party that is largely in the middle of the issues between Providers and the Public, we see our role as one that…
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Feb
06

Why CMS-3178-P is Filling an Important Gap in Readiness, Pt. 2

Editor’s Note: As we see the CMS-3178-P Rule find its’ way into the Federal Register, we pulled out a few posts from 2009 that pointed to the need for tighter regulations, especially given the failures in preparation in Joplin and Hurricane Sandy Disasters, to name the most visible. The Spring of 2003 found a loose…
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