According to Mirriam-Webster, preparedness is a noun indicating “the quality or state of being ready in advance.” 

All organizations need to be in a state of preparedness ahead of potential critical events or disruptive incidents. Depending on the severity, these events could impact normal operations, jeopardize revenue, or put lives at risk. And, preparedness should not solely focus on being prepared, but also validate that you are ready and able to respond.

Yesterday, a coalition of 29 health care and public health organizations urged Congress to pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness & Advancing Innovation Act (S. 2852/H.R. 6378) before Congress adjourns for 2018.  According to the coalition, PAHPA is the backbone of our nation’s health security, providing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with authorities for preparing the healthcare and public health systems for disasters and strengthening the medical countermeasures enterprise.

This group of healthcare organizations is extremely concerned that if you don’t fully prepare for healthcare disasters and crisis situations, lives will be jeopardized.  While not all industries and organizations are alike, emergency preparedness should be vital to all. Each industry has its own threat-type profile, regulatory requirements, and crisis notification needs. Organizations, regardless of industry, need to develop and maintain actionable business continuity and emergency preparedness plans in order to effectively respond to and recover from business disruptions or critical events.

As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to ask a few questions:

  1. Do you have a business continuity or emergency action plan?
  2. If so, have they been updated, or are they collecting dust sitting in a filing cabinet?
  3. Have the plans ever been trained on or tested?

In 2019, ensure your organization is prepared, protected, and ready to respond. Keep your workforce prepared prior to an incident with actionable and accessible business continuity and emergency preparedness plans that are up-to-date and compliant with any industry regulations. During an incident, ensure your workforce is safe with bi-directional emergency notification and proactive conference calling.

If you need help with these initiatives, we can help.