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Be Prepared … For Anything

By: Leah Addis

One of the most important jobs of the risk manager is to identify and head off any possible problems. You know the maxim: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Even (perhaps especially) if you can’t prevent it, however, you still must be ready for it.

But, are you ready for a catastrophe of complete and total socioeconomic collapse? A disaster of such magnitude that it might mean the end of the world as we know it?

That’s right, I’m talking about a zombie apocalypse.

Wait, you don’t have a plan on the books?

Come on, seriously? Zombies are everywhere! They’re running amok in London, all over Georgia, waging full-scale war against humans, and there are even two types of zombies that like to rock out.

Anyway, never fear, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have come to the rescue! CDC provides a handy list of supplies for survivors, though it notes that if you or a patient is bitten, first aid supplies are pretty much useless. Good luck with that.

Whatever the disaster, though, you have to have a kit and evacuation route (food, water, tools, supplies, etc), have a plan, and be prepared! CDC provides resources to help facilities and individuals prepare for anything, and Healthcare Risk Control members can log in to see ECRI’s extensive disaster planning and emergency preparedness resources. We don’t have anything on the books for a zombie apocalypse, though. Yet.

And, by the way, happy Halloween!  

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