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Using a novel technology for disaster staff notification

Stephen C. Morris, MD, MPH, Janice K. Pelley, Steven H. Mitchell, MD, FACEP

Abstract


Notification of backup staff and determining their ability to augment frontline staff is a major component of any disaster plan. However, the communication and organization of this effort has many challenges. These include communication system overload, the disaster setting, disrupted transportation, and staffing impacts on normal operations. An optimal disaster notification system must have the ability to be modified to include all hazards and the unique environment in which the plan is being made. This article highlights a unique disaster staff notification system using a novel technology, an outside administrator, and a multilayer system of redundant communication.


Keywords


disaster, staff notification, disaster administration, emergency department, emergency planning

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajdm.2017.0260

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