HAP Blog

February 15, 2022

How Pandemic Lessons Shape Your Future Success

As we see this rapidly changing landscape with COVID-19 case numbers declining, the normal reaction is that we will soon return to our pre-COVID baseline. Those pre-COVID routines may have met all the requirements…but we have learned too much from the pandemic to go back to our old normal. Reverting back to our old ways means missing some valuable new opportunities.

January 31, 2022

How to Track Winter Weather Like a Pro

Ask anyone in the business of weather watching and they will tell you that forecasting winter weather is one of the hardest things to do accurately. We know that winter weather can have a severe impact on our facilities, so tracking these forecasts is part of our job in emergency management.

January 20, 2022

3 Ways to Improve Your Cybersecurity during 2022

Hospitals and health systems aren’t just responsible to care for patients. They’re also the caretakers of sensitive personal information. The rise of cyberattacks in health care may make you feel uneasy, but there are steps you can take to protect your organization.

January 05, 2022

Learning from a Chaotic Year

I think many of us in the emergency management field had more “never saw that before” moments than we thought we’d experience during our entire careers, let alone during one year. It’s a humbling reminder of the importance of the work we do.

December 14, 2021

Lessons in Situational Awareness

When I think of situational awareness, I think of learning to drive and the instructor’s reminder to scan the rear view mirrors every five to eight seconds. When you lose sight of the road—to answer a text or reach for your E-ZPass—you’re losing awareness of your environment and your ability to react quickly. Situational awareness is the bedrock principle of emergency preparedness that never goes out of style.

December 10, 2021

Supporting our Hospitals through Crisis

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania is under siege by another surge in hospitalizations. For perspective, close to an additional 1,050 patients now require hospitalization for COVID since Thanksgiving and nearly 190 of them are in intensive care units. This is a 30 percent increase in hospital beds for COVID-19 patients in the past two weeks alone.