Hospital Community Cooperation in Disaster Planning

Every hospital should integrate its own disaster plan with those of community disaster management agencies.1027 Such integration is especially important in the areas of disaster notification and communications, transportation of casualties, and provisions for dispatch of hospital medical teams to a disaster site. Strong relationships with community agencies, such as the fire department, the regional EMS system, the local emergency management agency, and the civil defense agency, are important to ensure a coordinated disaster response. T§bIe...,5.-1. lists key members of the community disaster team.

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