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Oklahoma Tornadoes a Reminder About Hospital Disaster Preparedness

tornoado season.disaster preparednessAfter yesterday’s deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, we’re all thinking about and praying for the people in that community and across the state, as they try to recover from this devastating tragedy.

In light of this event and the impending severe weather the North Dallas area may be facing today, now is a good time to remind you about how to prepare your home and your family for a disaster.

Last month, we blogged about How to be Prepared for North Texas Storms. In that blog post, there is an emergency storm kit checklist that you may find useful. The video below will also walk you through how to build a 72-hour emergency kit to keep in your home.

This morning, we spoke with Nick Sloan, emergency management coordinator for Baylor Health Care System. He and his team are responsible for initiating crisis protocols at our hospitals should a disaster like a tornado affect our facilities.

Back in 2011 after the town of Joplin, Missouri, experienced a horrific tornado, our emergency management team traveled to the area to offer help and to learn more about how the hospitals there responded to the disaster.

According to Nick, they learned two important lessons:

1.  HAVE PLENTY OF PATIENT TRANSPORT BACKBOARDS

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During the Joplin disaster, backboards were in great demand to aid in the transport of patients who are immobile. The Baylor emergency management team made an effort to put these supplies in place at all hospitals.

2.  FLASHLIGHTS SAVE LIVES

One of the biggest needs in the Joplin hospitals was sufficient lighting. When the electricity and generators are out, battery-powered lighting is essential. Baylor now has emergency lighting kits in place in all departments and units equipped with flashlights, head lamps, extension cords, etc.

Although we can not anticipate or prepare for every type of disaster or predict the magnitude, Baylor and other hospitals regularly hold disaster drills and training to educate the staff and prepare them for any emergency situation that may arise.

The local hospital in Moore, Oklahoma was unfortunately severely affected by the yesterday’s tornado, but their staff is no doubt trained to respond to the disaster and is working tirelessly to care for their patients and community members. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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Oklahoma Tornadoes a Reminder About Hospital Disaster Preparedness