Health Care Disaster Planning - Preparing with the Louisiana State Medical Society
Friday, August 25, 2017
Posted by: Christopher LeBouef
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 25, 2017
Contact: Christopher LeBouef
LSMS Sr. Director of Communications
BATON ROUGE, LA—The Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) urges physicians and residents in Louisiana to prepare for the potential threat of severe weather in the coming week.
Each year, Louisiana witnesses the devastating impacts hurricanes can cause. Hurricanes are not just a threat to coastal communities. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding can be felt hundreds of miles inland, potentially causing loss of life and catastrophic damage to property.
All major weather events such as Hurricane Harvey have the ability to cause significant damage. The severity of the storm has been upgraded. It is expected to cause heavy rain and possibly flooding in parts of Louisiana. There is also a chance that it could hit Louisiana after it leaves Texas.
“We urge physicians and health care providers in the state to take steps necessary to prepare their homes and clinics as instructed by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness,” said LSMS CEO and Executive Vice-President Jeff Williams.
The LSMS is committed to ensuring the safety of Louisiana’s residents and is calling on all health care providers to prepare with us. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take to get ready for hurricane season. As part of this continued effort, LSMS has complied a resource page lsms.org/EmerPrepPhysicians.
About the Louisiana State Medical Society
Established in 1878, the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) serves as the trusted advocate for physicians in the state of Louisiana. LSMS aims to promote excellence in the practice of medicine and is the largest voluntary physician organization in the state, representing all specialties. For more information, visit lsms.org.