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Health Care Facilities Alternate Sites

Galena Property Services continues to be involved with area health districts and hospitals to develop evacuation plans and alternate care sites. Galena has also proposed to develop Table Top exercises for county departments in Western Nevada.

In July of this year (2011) Galena Property Services engaged the Washoe County Health Department in a Tabletop Exercise to test their Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). This was a soft table top where all department heads gathered in one location and given a emergency or disaster that affected their facility. The Tabletop took the departments through their paces on what to do and where to relocate to their alternate work locations and how to implement their COOP. After Actions Report revealed strong points as well as weaknesses that will help further enhance their COOP. The Table Top was well received by all departments and suggested this be done at least on a semi annual basis.

Galena Property Services and workshops

Galena Property Services (Galena) specializing in Business Continuity Planning was a speaker at the Washoe County REOC workshop for private businesses in Carson City, Nevada on October 4 and 5, 2011. Galena had a presentation on Alternate Work Locations for government and private organizations to give them training on what to look for and needs when determining relocation of their business. As we have learned this past year natural disasters happen without notice, the Japan tsunami, Joplin tornado and others. Very few business are able to continue to operate after and emergency because the lack of an alternate work location. This isn’t just IT, it is where are your employees going to go to work AFTER the disaster. Many private and government businesses attended the two day workshop and all left with an appreciation of not having an alternate work location can be a monetary disaster to their business.

Galena Property Services has completed Alternate Work locations (in case of an emergency or disaster) for ALL Washoe County Departments (30). This process included meeting with the heads of all departments to determine the “best” location to relocate their operations in case their building is damaged or destroyed. Key for relocation was to determine the best “fit” for each department such as cash counters for treasurer’s department will relocate to Water Resources as they have cash counters and public access.

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