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Your emergency preparedness plan should be concise and, above all else, practical. Avoid creating a voluminous plan that looks impressive but won’t be of much use when an emergency hits.
Too many emergency preparedness plans are long on procedure but short on critical information, says Cameron Bruce, CSP, PE, a health care consultant in Orinda, CA. The plan should focus on making crucial information available to the user, rather than spelling out in exhaustive detail exactly what policies and procedures apply.
"You don’t want 300 pages of cumbersome, tedious writing when you’re in a chaotic environment," he says. "When a crisis strikes, you need information, not somebody’s tome on the philosophy of crisis management."
Bruce says these are the top 12 weaknesses he sees in hospitals’ emergency preparedness plans: