Disasters can wreak havoc on communities at large, but hospitals and other treatment centers are particularly vulnerable. To ensure that such locations are ready for crises, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have put forward a rule that would require emergency preparations from healthcare providers, Mondaq reported.
Emergency preparedness is a concern for communities large and small, especially in heavily populated urban areas. New York officials recently started a training program to equip citizens with the skills necessary to handle disasters and other crisis scenarios, according to SILive.com.
One of the worst disasters that can strike a community is a pandemic of a harmful or lethal disease and preparing for such scenarios is key to minimizing their impact. To get ready for a potential outbreak, volunteers in Wayne County, Mich., recently participated in a training exercise, Observer & Eccentric reported.
To stay on top of the demands of emergency preparedness, organizations nationwide offer programs for volunteers interested in learning crisis management skills. The Red Cross recently held a program in Colorado that concentrated on getting attendees ready to face potential disasters, The Gazette reported.
One of the ways to get ready for unexpected peril is to conduct disaster response training for volunteers. Fairfield, Conn., is doing just that with its recently announced Community Emergency Response Team program that will start in March, according to Fairfield Patch.