“Hurricane season runs June 1st through November 1st,” said Bryan Woods, safety administrator and emergency management at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. “We want our staff to be ready.”
Bon Secours staff can ensure they’ll be able to care for patients by preparing their homes and families for emergencies and by knowing their hospital role during a disaster.
“We concentrate on education,” said Michael Craig, director of safety, security and emergency management at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. “We want to make sure the staff has a plan for their homes, for their families and pets – so they will be able to help the patients at the hospital.”
Bon Secours works with regional city governments, the Red Cross and other organizations to produce an emergency management fair each year to educate staff and area residents about how best to prepare for hurricanes and other severe-weather events.
Led by Bon Secours, health systems in the Hampton Roads area work together to coordinate emergency management planning. Last year, numerous area facilities participated in Operation Mobile Care, a drill to practice patient evacuation, triage care and logistics in the event of a real emergency.
To learn more about family emergency preparation, see www.readyvirginia.gov and its 1-2-3 kit.