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Severe Weather Plan

Severe weather encompasses any weather-related event—tornado, severe thunderstorm, hurricane, flood, winter storm, temperature extremes—that poses a risk to life and property or impacts hospital operations.

The Severe Weather Plan augments the hospital’s existing Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and incorporates the fundamental principles of all-hazards emergency management. Safety of patients, staff, and visitors and property protection are topics covered across a variety of weather hazards with specific considerations included for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


The hospital forms a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary planning team that can be actively engaged for the duration of the project. The Severe Weather Plan development process leverages a highly-collaborative planning model that is facilitated by DQE through a series of remote and/or onsite consultation and utilizes a proprietary planning tool that focuses on:

  • Preventing or minimizing the loss of life and injuries
  • Ensuring patient and personnel safety
  • Maintaining optimal patient care and life support functions during severe weather emergencies
  • Integrating the hospital’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts with those of its community and supporting entities


The Severe Weather Plan addresses:

  • Mitigation measures, preparedness activities, response actions, and recovery strategies
  • Weather-specific detection and warning resources
  • Safety and logistical considerations