Medical Care - Public Health Settings
The logistical aspects of supplies needed for patients and responders should be considered in planning. Preparation should include specifics such as what supplies are needed (i.e. medications, portable ventilators or respiratory support equipment) as well as the capability and means of movement of these supplies to shelters, tents or secondary treatment areas with alternate plans if needed equipment is unavailable. Just in time stocking may create a false assurance of acquiring needed equipment from normal equipment or pharmaceutical providers who may be overwhelmed with similar requests. Agreements for acquisition of equipment and supplies from their suppliers in times of disaster should be included in disaster plans.