Recent natural disasters have taken an unprecedented toll on U.S. communities from coast to coast. California suffered the most deadly and costly wildfires in state history. Storm surges and flooding from Hurricane Florence in September triggered emergency declarations in five southeastern states. Roughly a month later, Hurricane Michael slammed Florida’s panhandle with Category 4 winds at landfall, subsequently leaving more than 1.5 million homes and businesses without power, with outages extending inland all the way to Virginia.
During such events, hospitals, health systems and pharmacies can’t wait for the “all-clear” signal to resume caring for their patients. That’s why healthcare personnel, supply chain infrastructure and emergency procedures stand at the ready to deliver life-saving medications and supplies amidst all types of weather-related or man-made disasters.
Based on our experience keeping those lines open, we see the following practices as the keys to ensuring that those in need get critical medications and supplies during an emergency: