Hospitals told to review disaster plans
HHS issued a memo following the Paris attacks notifying hospitals that the Department of Homeland Security has called for “enhanced vigilance” at hospitals and other points of critical infrastructure. The memo offered guidance and referred providers to a number of resources that offer best practices, including the following:
■ Review your security plans and conduct exercises regularly, using scenarios similar to recent attacks (e.g., active shooter, bomb threat).
■ Ensure employees are familiar with their surroundings, attentive to situations that may deviate from the status quo, vigilant throughout their workday and ready to report suspicious activity to the authorities in a timely manner.
■ Embrace the “see something, say something” concept. HHS said past investigations have uncovered witnesses who saw something suspicious but failed to notify police.
■ Look for red flags, such as individuals overly curious about facilities and procedures; unusual photography or video of people or facilities; prolonged surveillance of a facility; or individuals who may be misrepresenting their identity.
■ Maintain proper functioning of emergency communications equipment and conduct regular tests.