Despite those setbacks, their plan held up strikingly well. For others in the healthcare industry, Baptist Health is a model for how to prepare and execute during a natural disaster. From tactical and simple reminders, to complex plan development, the organization has its disaster preparedness checklist dialed in.
It begins with a detailed disaster preparedness plan that can take months to finalize and implement. With power or Internet connectivity concerns during an emergency, each member of the emergency team has a hard copy binder with this plan alongside a contact list of every staff member, vendor, customer and partner.
Staffing plans, meanwhile, should be nailed down long before a disaster. In the case of Baptist Health, the staff is divided into three teams—one in place 72 hours prior to the storm, another that comes on just hours before the storm hits, and the last arriving immediately following the storm.
Baptist Health also activates pre-established emergency contracts with more than 40 vendors, including Cardinal Health, so their locations are stocked with appropriate supplies for at least 72 hours after a storm arrives, and are ready to be re-stocked as soon as the storm passes.