You’re closed for the day. Maybe you’ve just sat down to dinner or are burning the midnight oil in your home office. Then the call comes: the fire department is at your urgent care center, working to extinguish flames that started in the building next door. Unfortunately, such a scenario was not hypothetical for Concentra Urgent Care in Santee, CA as a two-alarm fire swept through its commercial building recently. No one was injured, as reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune, but there was serious damage to the property. On the other side of the country in Macon, GA 13WMAZ recently aired the story of a mother and son who crashed a stolen car on the grounds of Atrium Health Navicent Urgent Care. Again, thankfully, no one was injured but the operators had to deal with destruction of property and disruption of business. Clearly, any number of potential catastrophes could befall an urgent care center (ie, your urgent care center). From tornadoes to floods to terrorism, you’ve got to have a plan in place before the need arises. Read Developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Urgent Care in the JUCM archive right now to assess your level of preparedness.
By the Time the Fire Department Calls, It’s Too Late to Come Up with a Response Plan