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Disaster Response in General Practice

20 December 2017

As temperatures soar, general practices are reminded to consider their business continuity plan, in the event of extreme weather conditions such as fire, flood or extended power supply issues.

Tips for ensuring preparedness:

  • Refer to the RACGP’s recently released guide on Managing Emergencies in General Practice: A Guide for Preparation, Response and Recovery
  • Develop an up-to-date emergency response plan for your practice
  • Exercise your plan on a regular basis ( a desk top exercise)
  • Contact other practices in your local area and agree on how you can offer mutual support. For example, if your practice is affected by a fire or another emergency and needs to close, you can have a plan in place to direct your patients to a nearby practice until the risk has been averted
  • Have a plan in place to send communications to patients about service disruptions or changes
  • Consider extending opening hours to accommodate an increase in patient demand
  • Check updates from the official emergency radio broadcaster ABC Radio Sydney 702 AM
  • Download the ‘Fires Near Me’ app and also check the NSW Rural Fire Service website
  • Volunteer as a GP at an Emergency Evacuation Centre
  • Complete our one-day Major Incident Medical Management and Support course to be held in January



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