Debra Cascardo MA MPA CFP
An executive summary published by the National Academy of Sciences defines a disaster as “an event that creates a significant, short-term spike in the demand for emergency care services requiring extraordinary measures.” Odds are that sooner or later, your practice will experience some type of disaster. You don’t know what will actually happen or when; how long it will last; how widespread it will be; or how it will impact your practice, patients or employees. The one thing all disasters have in common is that your practice will be disrupted. How badly and for how long will depend on your preparedness almost as much as the type of disaster. The goal of your Disaster Preparedness Plan is to ensure that all staff and patients are safely evacuated and to restore operations as quickly as possible.