Prepare Your Practice: Hurricane Season

151681-hurricane-ireneNew: Hurricane Season Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guidance for Health Care Providers, Response and Recovery Workers, and Affected Communities (CDC/MMWR updated 9/13/17)

New:Hurricane Resources at Your Fingertips (ASPR TRACIE updated 8/28/17)

After facing Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012, Connecticut physicians know that severe storms can cause significant practice disruptions.

Take action now — prepare your practice and protect your patients with these important steps:

• Post emergency contact information where patients can find it. This includes updating the home page of your practice website, and simply putting a notice in your office window. If there are local pharmacies you deal with routinely, you may wish to provide them with this contact information.

Back up your office computer systems, and make sure you have offsite access to critical records. FEMA offers a number of preparedness resources for businesses, including materials for emergency response and business continuity planning.

• Contact the insurance companies you participate with to find out their contingencies for pre-authorizations, claims processing and prescription refills in the event of power and/or service disruptions.

• Plan ahead for vaccine storage in case of power outages. The CT Department of Public Health issued these instructions for practices that administer state-supplied vaccine. The CDC also offers a Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit for your practice.

Additional resources are available at https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes and www.ct.gov/dph/prepare.

 

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