Reuniting Families After a Disaster
Kendig, J. (2021). Reuniting Families After a Disaster. The Joint Commission.
This article highlights the importance of family reunification plans for healthcare facilities which often serve as congregating sites for friends and family members to find loved ones after a disaster. It discusses hospital communication policies, staffing family reunification efforts, the involvement of local agencies, HIPAA considerations, registration set up, and how to support people while they wait to be reunited.