In addition to causing serious injuries to and fatalities in the general population, Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Matthew impaired hospital emergency power systems, further harming patients. The power systems suffered failures that ranged from debilitating to catastrophic, triggered by mechanical problems, extreme flooding or a lack of fuel. The partial or total loss of emergency power at numerous hospitals during Hurricanes Sandy and Matthew triggered emergency evacuations, exposing patients and staff to safety and health risks. Powered for Patients has received Department of Homeland Security funding to tap the powerful yet under-leveraged fault detection and automated reporting technology added to an increasing number of hospital emergency power systems. This technology provides real-time alerts to facility staff and service providers at the first sign of a threat to emergency power. The DHS-funded project seeks to provide these real-time alerts to government officials and utilities when emergency power is threatened during an extended power outage. This early warning is critical in enabling government and utilities to accelerate response to a stricken facility. This session will review the DHS NIPP Security & Resilience Challenge Project, detail ASHE members currently participating and highlight opportunities for hospital engagement in the project.
Distinguish between advanced fault detection and automated reporting technology connected to emergency power systems, and NFPA 110 required annunciator panels on hospital emergency power systems.
Understand the relationship between fault detection and automated reporting technology and hospital Building Automation and Management Systems.
Explain the value of enabling accelerated government and utility response at the first sign of a threat to emergency power during disasters through the Power PIONEER Dashboard or via other means.
Engage in the Powered for Patients DHS NIPP Security & Resilience Challenge project.