Saturday February 24th 2018

Disaster planning

Health emergencies to natural disasters, nurses are called upon to act in a crisis, that’s why it’s imperative that they are prepared for any situation. In a recent article in the Patriot Ledger, ANA Senior Policy Analyst Katie Brewer, MSN, RN, discussed the importance of preparation while on the job, and off.

“This hurricane season (June 1 through Nov. 30), more than the average number of hurricanes are predicted and all nurses (in affected areas) should be prepared both professionally and personally,” Brewer explained. “They really need to be prepared anywhere because every area of the country has its own disasters.”

In the professional arena, “You should know the disaster plan where you work and your role in it. Sometimes individual nurses may not even know they are part of the plan.”

In their personal lives, nurses should ensure that family and loved ones have a communication plan and enough emergency supplies to last 72 hours.

“Even local disasters that don’t make national headlines can create havoc,” Brewer said. Last year, a heavy local thunderstorm caused power outages in the Washington DC area for up to 10 days for some.

“It makes you realize that it doesn’t have to be a Hurricane Katrina to devastate your area.”

For more on ANA’s disaster planning advice, go to the September edition of American Nurse Today at www.americannursetoday.com.

— Mary McNamara is the senior public relations specialist at ANA.

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