With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, healthcare partners should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.
With this in mind, the Earthquake Country Alliance (www.earthquakecountry.org) created the ShakeOut, an earthquake drill and preparedness activity in which everyone can participate. To register as a ShakeOut participant, visit www.shakeout.org and sign up for the drill in your area.
In particular, healthcare partners of all sizes can use the drill to get their staff, volunteers, partners, and even their patients/residents, involved and prepared for a big earthquake. Furthermore, the level of your staffs’ own personal and family preparedness will be key to their availability to support your organization’s response and recovery efforts after a disaster.