Crisis Communication: 10 Tips for Hospitals to Prepare for a Disaster

Patient Safety Quality Healthcare
By Jody Moore
March 29, 2019

Hurricanes, floods, fires, and other natural and manmade incidents can strike anytime, anywhere. Faced with such disasters, hospitals must not only respond to the emergency but also maintain continuity of patient care under the most trying circumstances imaginable.

What can your hospital do to be better prepared when the next crisis hits? How can you minimize the physical, psychological, and emotional stresses that can overwhelm staff and patients? What strategies, resources, and practices can you deploy when a natural disaster cripples the technological systems needed for essential functions?