The tornado disaster remains fresh in our minds and presents a perfect time to ensure your community is ready when disaster strikes. Just in time, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has a framework and tools to get you started.
The IOM recommends a systems-based approach to allocating resources and delivering care during crises when many stakeholders – hospitals, clinics, health departments, government agencies and more – play crucial roles. A unified, effective response calls for coordination and integration.
To be ready, entities must identify in advance the core functions they will carry out and which tasks will be their responsibility. The IOM report has templates designed to help define these roles during crisis planning.
Find a copy of the report here.