NWS Support to US Hospitals
This presentation will feature weather decisions from recent severe weather impacts to medical care. The following weather impacts to US Hospitals will be featured:
1. Fire Weather – Providence Holy Cross, Burbank, California
2. Flooding – Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3. Tornadoes – Sumter Regional, Americus, Georgia
4. Hurricanes – Houston Medical Center, Houston, Texas
Attention will be given to lessons learned from the medical and emergency management staff who worked during these crisis events. Through their real life experiences, this presentation will relay how the inclusion or exclusion of weather products and services of emergency protocols in hospitals can improve decision support of critical medical issues.
The goal of this talk is to inform others in the meteorological services how the community's products, services, and communication (or relationships) with hospitals can facilitate greater inclusion of weather information for emergency decision-support in our nation's hospitals.