In April 2011, a fire broke out in a storage building behind an assisted living facility on the south side of San Antonio that led to the evacuation of about 20 to 30 residents.
When firefighters arrived, the single-story structure that housed medical supplies was completely engulfed in flames. The assisted living took the precautionary measure of evacuating the main building but after about 30 minutes the fire was extinguished. Several hours after the fire started, residents were allowed to return to their rooms.
The storage building was completely destroyed and estimated damages were around $80,000.
DO YOU HAVE THE PROTECTION YOU NEED?!?
The above fire could have resulted in far worse situation causing the facility being closed for weeks or perhaps even months awaiting repairs. If you had a loss at your facility/home that resulted in the evacuation of your residents, DO YOU HAVE A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN?
DO YOU HAVE A CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN?
DO YOU HAVE THE INSURANCE PROTECTION YOU NEED?
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN
The first step in preparation is a Disaster Preparedness Plan. In simple terms, this is your plan of action should a disaster occur at your facility or home. Often times it is thought that disaster preparedness only applies to natural
disasters, however, disasters can be a fire as well as water leakage, etc. A disaster is any hazard that can result in damage to you and your business.
Disaster Preparedness Planning includes the tools, policies and procedures implemented to prepare in advance for what to do before, during and after a hazard occurs. An excellent source for material to prepare your Disaster Preparedness Plan can be found at www.pcalic.com by logging into the member section under Resources and clicking the Disaster Preparedness Plan link (this will take you directly to the site on FEMA). The second step is to create a crisis management plan. Check back tomorrow for simple guidelines to implement a crisis management plan in your facility.