Hospitals are a lifeline for any community. In rural areas a single hospital or clinic may be the only place to go for medical care. But at a time when people need them most, disasters can cripple these facilities.
Utilities and roads can also suffer damage and fail, cutting off outside services.
To care for a surge of injured patients, and to keep functioning through challenging conditions, hospitals must prepare to go it alone. That’s why we help medical staff identify their crisis roles, plan how to evacuate, practice disaster response in realistic simulations, and avoid losses.We also help plan for backup water, power, communications, and critical supplies.
“No one should survive a disaster and then die at a hospital due to poorly built facilities or system failure. Hospital resilience is more than ensuring the safety of facilities. It is also developing staff leaders who are ready to face the unexpected situation that many recent disasters have provoked.”
Garmalia Mentor-William, M.D.
Haiti Representative, GeoHazards International
“It is not enough that a hospital building itself withstands an earthquake, flood, fire, or terror attack. Critical equipment and services of the hospital have to remain running, at 300% of design capacity, to serve the dependent community.”
Hari Kumar, Ph.D.
South Asia Coordinator, GeoHazards International