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Florida storms: Flip phone training and other lessons learned from hurricanes past

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November 2, 2019

By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

As Hurricane Dorian gained strength in the Atlantic in late August, hospitals and other healthcare organizations in Florida and other parts of the southern U.S. prepared for what then appeared would be a direct hit. Emergency management plans were broken out and reviewed, vendors and suppliers alerted, patient evacuation plans updated, phones and other communication devices charged.

Then those in Florida breathed a sigh of relief as the hurricane curled north and then east. While it would flood significant parts of the North Carolina shoreline and spawn numerous tornados, the direct hit from Dorian was largely averted on the mainland.

It did prove to be a good exercise in preparedness, though, as all such events should for hospitals, say consultants and preparedness experts.

For Renaissance Behavioral Health System (RBHS), headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the near miss was a test of lessons learned and implemented from past events, and it produced even more opportunities for improvement should the next storm come ashore.

As Hurricane Dorian gained strength in the Atlantic in late August, hospitals and other healthcare organizations in Florida and other parts of the southern U.S. prepared for what then appeared would be a direct hit.



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