Employees from hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities will prepare for the state’s dangerous weather and emergencies it can cause at the upcoming Hurricanes and Healthcare Conference.
The annual conference is scheduled for March 19 at the Coliseum. Participants will join sponsors Bay News 9, the Tampa Bay Times, Progress Energy and Ready Alert Services.
In existence for more than 30 years, the conference is a collaboration involving SPC, the Tampa Bay Regional Hurricane and Health Care Planning Coalition, Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Florida Health Care Association and local county emergency management offices.
“This is the largest and oldest program in the state to educate the health care industry. It is a ‘must attend’ for health care facilities,” said Ed Smolik, Director of Facility Services and leader of Emergency Management at Morton Plant Mease. Smolik is a founding member of the coalition.
Attendees will learn about 2013 weather expectations and storm planning from local weather experts. Conference participants also will:
- hear from Hurricane Sandy, boots-on-the-ground emergency management experts
- learn about the challenges facing those at a facility that has been evacuated multiple times due to a storm
- how to use social media to discover and distribute storm information
- how to build solid, sound emergency evacuation and sheltering-in-place plans
For conference questions or more information, contact LaNona Robinson at 727-341-3376 or email@example.com.