HOUSTON – On Wednesday, April 11th, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management will host the annual Healthcare Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness Summit for members of Houston’s healthcare community who operate facilities outside of a hospital setting. The summit will include speakers and breakout sessions from organizations across the public and business community and is intended to provide facilities with information and tools to develop and maintain their own emergency operations plans.
“As we approach hurricane season, it’s important that all Houston residents are prepared. This includes facilities that serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Sharon A. Nalls, the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “This summit is intended to provide guidance to these organizations on how they can prepare for, respond to, and recover from various types of disasters, including severe tropical weather.”
Participants will spend a day hearing from various organizations with experience in planning for the community their facilities serve including:
• The City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services
• The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management
• CenterPoint Energy
• The National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Forecast Office
• Regional Hospital Preparedness Council
• Texas Department of Aging and Disablity Services (DADS)
Participants will also hear from practitioners working in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, and listen to case studies about how facilities have responded to various types of emergencies in the past.
The goal of the summit is to provide facility managers an opportunity to enhance their own emergency planning documents and procedures to better meet the needs of the vulnerable populations they serve, in compliance with law.
The event will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center with registration beginning at 7:30am and will last until 3 p.m. Individuals interested in on-site registration and event details can visit the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management website at HoustonOEM.net.