Hurricane Preparedness

The week of July 14-20, 2019 is Hurricane Preparedness Week, prepare your organization, agency, or department with the latest Hurricane Preparedness materials.

If you are looking for healthcare and public health preparedness resources, you are in the right place! The ARCHE Coalition website features a variety of resources for members. To become a member, simply head to the ARCHE Coalition home page (www.archecoalition.org) and click “Register”. Remember to register as an Organization, not as an individual.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (MDPH OPEM) provides resources for disasters and outbreaks, as well as volunteer opportunities for healthcare and public health stakeholders. Below are just some of the many resources to be found at the MDPH OPEM website to help your healthcare or public health organization prepare for Hurricane season:

  • Emergency Preparedness Populations Planning Tool
  • Know Plan Prepare Materials
  • OPEM Resources for Public Health and Healthcare Partners
  • Resources to conduct Emergency Preparedness Exercises and Training

Also, check out the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) website for Hurricane Safety Tips and to find Massachusetts specific resources.

Want a structured opportunity to test your organization’s preparedness? Take part in America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots campaign to increase community preparedness and resilience in the face of a disaster, and follow the instructions in the “Prepare Your Organization for a Hurricane Playbook”.

On the Federal level, Ready.gov/Hurricanes has a wealth of resources, including a Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Social Media Toolkit, Hurricane Information Sheet, videos, and more. Below is an example of one of many resources available to you and your organization through Ready.gov:

Courtesy of FEMA’s Ready.gov/Hurricanes

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, we encourage all healthcare and public health organizations to think about how to best prepare for a Hurricane, as well as how to best prepare staff and their families.

By preparing for a Hurricane today, you are strengthening your organization’s overall readiness for any disaster in the future.