Friday, October 04, 2013 Unpreparedness Can Be Disastrous for PTs Physical therapists don't need much more than a news broadcast to understand that disaster strikes nearly every day. It can be less easy to grasp the idea that the next flood, fire, or weather event could hit their own practices, and downright overwhelming to think about how to prepare. The latest issue of APTA's PT in Motion magazine can help. In her article "Before Disaster Strikes," APTA Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist Deborah Crandall, JD, makes the compelling case that when it comes to disaster planning, there's no time like the present. To get PTs started, she offers advice and tips that range far beyond the typical "back up your data" admonitions. In addition to ideas on how to create and implement a preparedness plan, the article also includes advice on what to do after a disaster—a time when it can be difficult to be calm and pragmatic. Tips in this area touch on making insurance contacts, tracking losses, salvaging equipment, and maintaining communication with staff and patients/clients. The complete article can be found in print and online, and is available free to APTA members.