Prepare Your Practice: Hurricane Season
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.