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Rising Above the Weather
an AMS Public Policy forum on hospital preparedness in the face of environmental extremes
2-3 April 2009
National Building Museum
Pension Commissioner's Suite
Washington, DC 20001
The AMS Policy Program in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) convened a multi-displinary meeting that involved architects, attorneys, emergency managers, engineers, health care practitioners, insurance researchers, meteorological, and planning communities to address the reach and extent of our respective capabilities to protect these national critical infrastructures. The potential synergisms between our fields within the public and private sectors will be addressed in the final report.
The workshop report is now available
Joint Commission, April 15, 2009 (Washington, DC)
Why this work matters: Weather complictions to health care delivery and infrastrustructure...Real-life stories
Risk! What is it? And why is the U.S. so vulnerable?
Climate and Weather Scale Impacts: Dimensions of Vulnerability Reduction to Hospitals
Weather and climate scales. What's the difference? And products and services from the public and private weather services that can help.
Building Codes and Engineering
Hospital codes and engineering recommendations to weathering the environment.
Existing Preparedness Practices
Where weather information is incorporated into near and long-term hospital preparedness
Opportunities to Combine All-Hazards for Hospitals
How are we combining mandatory all-hazard preparedness for hospitals? Perspectives and activies from the following:
Ethics and Liability Issues in Health Care Preparedness and Response
What are the legal realities, challenges and opportunities, and what is available to uphold a hospital's
ethical responsibility to protect patients and staff?
Structural Insurance and Risk Management
How can insurance be an effective risk-manangement tool?
Public/Private Weather Services
The Power of 2 and opportunities for both sectors to assist in this national effort
Space Weather: The Next Frontier in Severe Impacts
Space weather has the potential to disturb the electrical grid, which hospitals heavily rely upon. Though not caused by space weather, the OH-NY 2003 blackout presentation gives a glimpse of what can happen in hospitals when the lights go out, and the space weather presentation gives a picture of the types of impacts that we could expect.