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Purchase Emergency Items

Identify, and purchase in advance, items you'll need if you have to operate under altered conditions.

In the aftermath of a community-wide disaster, you would likely treat only the most serious emergencies. At the very least you should have:

  • Clean water
  • Something to numb a patient
  • Equipment to extract a tooth
  • Access to a pharmacy and minimal first aid supplies
  • Store supplies in a watertight and secure place
  • Make certain key staff members know their availability and storage location
  • Designate who will and will not have access to them

Follow-up with Staff

You have created a comprehensive strategy to deal with potential disasters. Now is the time to review disaster response information with staff. Everyone who works in the office, including temporary employees, should know where your disaster manual is kept and be familiar with its contents.

Don't forget to cover the material with new staff members. Conduct drills and practice sessions if necessary until everyone is comfortable with their role in implementing the plan.

It's easy to get revved up about a plan when you first develop it—and even easier to shove it in a drawer and forget about it later. Discuss it with members of your community and professional support network. Let local officials know you’ve developed a course of action to deal with emergencies. Make them aware that you take such things seriously.

Remember—your plan should always be current and you should modify it as you gain new insights or gather new information. If you have to use it, take the time afterward to evaluate what worked and what didn't. Alter the procedures, if necessary, and you will be even better prepared in the future.