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Volume 12, Issue 21 | July 2015  

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Stay or Go? The Public's Evacuation Tendencies:  LeftArt1


When a natural disaster - such as a hurricane or blizzard - is bearing down, each of us has a decision to make. Should I stay or should I go?


As Superstorm Sandy threatened Connecticut in 2012, people living along the shore received a mandatory evacuation order. Most did not comply.


To understand why, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication surveyed 1,130 people who live along Connecticut's coastline. The resulting report provides insights into who would be most likely to leave and how they make a decision to go or stay behind and try to ride out the storm.


The results:


* The First Out (21%) will evacuate for any hurricane.


* The Constrained (14%) would like to evacuate, but face barriers to leaving.


* The Optimists (16%) are doubtful a hurricane will ever hit them, but will evacuate if necessary.


* The Reluctant (27%) will leave only if ordered to do so.


* The Diehards (22%) are confident they can ride out the storm and won't evacuate.


Read the full article from the Greenwich Post here

From the National Hurricane Center's Blog: 

07-20-2015 10:00:28 AM
The development of Tropical Storm Bill so close to the Texas coast, with the posting of a formal tropical storm warning only about 12 hours before winds of that intensity came ashore on Tuesday June 16th, highlighted a long-standing and well-known limitation in the tropical cyclone program of the National Weather Service (NWS).  An ongoing NHC [...]...
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The California Drought and its Impact on HospitalsArt1


With California entering its fourth year of a record-breaking drought hospitals are continuing to examine ways that they can conserve water. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are particularly water-intensive organizations. According to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, large U.S. hospitals used about 133 billion gallons of water in 2007. The amount used per bed was roughly the same as the annual consumption of a four-person household.


Facing this demand coupled with increasing regulation on water use hospitals are exploring a variety of ways to conserve water. National organizations, such as the American Hospital Association, are developing and releasing tools including the Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals to assist healthcare organizations in reducing their water and energy consumption. Modern Healthcare has published an article outlining some of the steps California healthcare organizations have taken here and Healthcare Facilities Management has a similar article discussing irrigation regulations here.



On July 14, 2015 YNHHS-CEPDR conducted a joint webinar with Greywall Software to discuss adapting disaster playbooks for hurricane scenarios. The webinar discussed how the playbook was adapted from other little or no-notice scenarios, such as Ebola, to an event that often has multiple days' worth of notice.

The webinar specifically addressed how YNHHS-CEPDR and Greywall Software leveraged the playbook format to:

  • Adapt a little- or no-notice response into a time-phased approach that outlines activities at 24-hour intervals
  • Incorporated information and actions from external agencies and organizations
  • Enhance situational awareness across the YNHHS network and beyond
  • Maintain accountability through all phases of preparedness, response and recovery
  • Align activities with public agencies throughout the disaster

Additionally, Greywall Software provided a demonstration of their web-based Veoci system to showcase the playbook's functionality in a virtual environment. The demonstration highlighted the software's ability to:

  • Be easily configured for a hospital or healthcare system 
  • Dynamically assign tasks to specific individuals within or outside of the system
  • Share information with external stakeholders in a secure manner
  • Maintain accountability for task assignments and escalate notifications at regular intervals
  • Provide a quick reference for Command Staff to understand what activities have been performed or are outstanding

YNHHS-CEPDR recorded the webinar and has made it available for free via the following link, for more information please contact us:

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For the past several years, the National Weather Service (NWS) has been exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the Watch, Warning, and Advisory system used to convey our expectations of hazardous weather.  The system has been in place for decades, and it serves a critical need for the public and NWS partners for decision-making purposes.


The NWS is considering whether the current system is the best we can do to accomplish our hazard messaging goals and promote a Weather-Ready Nation. The answer to this question rests, in part, with your needs and the experiences you've had using the present system.


Please share your experiences by completing the survey


The survey asks you to consider a particular hazardous weather event where the messaging did (or did not) work well from your viewpoint, or from the viewpoint of your community or audience.  You may also provide input on your general experience with specific types of hazardous weather situations rather than focusing on a particular event. 


The survey can be taken in about 20 minutes if you have information from an event (or your general experience) already in mind.  You may also complete the survey in more than one session; your completed responses will be saved for up to one week. Submissions are due by August 15, 2015.


YNHHS-CEPDR Program and Services


YNHHS-CEPDR offers the following additional services to hospitals, other healthcare delivery organizations, emergency management professionals, the business community and others. 

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