Emergencies can come in all types and in all levels of intensity: natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires are just a few examples of catastrophic events that can result in not only damage to your home, but to your physical therapy facility as well. Weather emergencies can wipe out entire offices, clinics and hospitals along with business and patient medical records. Even if your physical structure survives, your business and health records may not due to residual water, electrical and other damage that can destroy both paper and computer records. APTA provides the following resource links below to help you prepare your practice for an emergency.
Compliance Matters: Before Disaster Strikes
Advice for developing a disaster-recovery plan, from PT in Motion Magazine (October 2013)
NSCIA: Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities
This webinar will provide a brief history of what has been learned about disaster preparedness as it relates to people with disabilities, from the World Trade Center to Hurricane Sandy. You'll also learn who does what when an emergency strikes, from government agencies to local emergency management personnel to nonprofit organizations in your community.