Americans are most concerned about a natural disaster affecting their community
- Most Trusted Information Sources for Healthcare Preparedness
A greater proportion of respondents (20%) cited their primary doctor as their most trusted source for healthcare preparedness information than hospitals (14%) or pharmacists or drugstores (3%).
Nearly half of Americans (47%) do not have emergency plans in place for an evacuation in a natural disaster
- Knowledge of Prescription Information
Less than half (43%) of respondents could list all their prescription information
- Confidence of Reaching Next Nearest Hospital
74% of survey respondents indicated confidence they could reach the next nearest hospital if the closest was closed during a disaster
- Protection/Evacuation of Elderly Relatives
40% of survey respondents with elderly relatives living outside of the home are not comfortable elderly relatives will be protected or safely evacuated during a natural disaster
Roundtable Discussion Series: Diseases and Disasters
Emergency management, public health and healthcare preparedness stakeholders have made significant progress in recent years in recognizing and overcoming ‘silos’ that exist within the fields preventing information sharing and establishing partnerships.
At the same time, there is a recognition that making sure community-facing organizations and patient advocacy and disease-focused groups are ‘at the table’ for preparedfdness conversations is important in ensuring their unique needs are accounted for in emergency plans and response efforts.
In an effort to provide a forum to share ideas and exchange information, Healthcare Ready hosted a series of roundtable discussions designed to bring patient advocacy and community-focused organizations together with public health preparedness policy experts to share information and ideas, build relationships, and better integrate all healthcare stakeholders in public health preparedness efforts.