At its inaugural Stakeholder Meeting in 2014, the value of enhanced situational awareness of hospital generator status for facilities impacted by disaster was thoughtfully addressed by Steven Curren, then Manager of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
Curren said there is often a significant lag between the start of an incident or disaster and when the federal government receives accurate hospital status information. Curren said that it is important that all levels of government receive accurate and timely facility status information during a disaster in order to mobilize the appropriate response assets in a timely fashion. These resources often take hours to days to mobilize, so it is essential that the process can start as early as possible. Curren also said one of the benefits of shared situational awareness is that it would help avoid the too-frequent issue of redundant calls to a facility from multiple response organizations seeking status updates.
Utilities can also derive great value from enhanced situational awareness of hospital generator status. In a post disaster scenario in which multiple hospitals are without power and relying on backup generator power, if a utility knows that one hospital is running dangerously low of fuel and cannot secure fuel resupply, that hospital could be prioritized for restoration.
As Powered for Patients works on enhancing situational awareness of hospital generator status, it will continue to explore technological innovations that can improve situational awareness. Remote monitoring of generator status is one technology that is being assessed for its ability to give government officials and utilities better situational awareness.