Lessons Learned

It is imperative that you practice and drill for these types of incidents. It is very easy to take it for granted and think you are prepared. Your system must be tested to the limits in order to be prepared for the worst tragedy. At Orlando Health and the surrounding community, we do a city-wide drill each year with the goal of testing the limits of our resources. Even with that practice, it does not truly prepare you for everything that can happen.

Supporting the team during and after the storm is of utmost importance. No one can imagine the trauma that your team can go through in a situation like this. Having counselors available for several weeks afterward is essential.