Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the Oklahoma tornados, west coast 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 the storm, 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 assist in preparing for an emergency.

General Resources

  • Compliance Matters: Before Disaster Strikes

    PT in Motion (October 2013)

  • Small Business Administration: Emergency Preparedness

    The resources on this website can help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and reopen your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community.

  • CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice: Contingency Planning

    This resource is an interactive training video. Users choosing the right response earn points and see their virtual medical practices flourish. But users making the wrong security decisions can hurt their virtual practices. The wrong decisions lead to floods, server outages, fire damage and other poor outcomes related to a lack of contingency planning.

  • FEMA: Create a Preparedness Program for your Business

    This website and its tools utilize an “all hazards approach” and follows the program elements within National Fire Protection Association 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. NFPA 1600 is an American National Standard and has been adopted by the US Department of Homeland Security.

  • Prepare My Business: Emergency Communications (.pdf)

    A downloadable checklist that provides practical steps for handling communications in the aftermath of an interruption.

  • Prepare My Business: Critical Business Functions (.pdf)

    A downloadable step-by-step guideline on identifying critical business functions and resuming operations following a disaster.

  • FEMA: Build a Disaster Preparedness Kit

    Guidelines for building, maintaining, and storing a viable disaster preparedness kit.

  • Institute of Medicine: Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response

    At the request of the HHS, the IOM formed a committee in 2009, which developed guidance that health officials could use to establish and implement standards of care during disasters. In its first report, the committee defined “crisis standards of care” (CSC) as a state of being that indicates a substantial change in health care operations and the level of care that can be delivered in a public health emergency, justified by specific circumstances. During disasters, medical care must promote the use of limited resources to benefit the population as a whole. In this report, the IOM examines the effect of its 2009 report, and develops vital templates to guide the efforts of professionals and organizations responsible for CSC planning and implementations.

Related Resources

  • NSCIA: Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

    This webinar will provide a brief history of what we've 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.

Disaster Specific Information

Guide to PT PracticeCSM 2016