No one could have predicted the number and magnitude of the natural disasters that affected Missouri in 2011. But, such is the nature of disasters, and that is why planning and preparedness pays off.
Many hospitals throughout Missouri activated their emergency operations plans and the hospital command centers because of the 2011 disasters. In situations such as the January blizzard and the floods in southeast and northwest Missouri, the activation of both the emergency operations plan (EOP) and incident command (IC) were by all accounts very successful. There was adequate notice and time to prepare, and the communication systems were uninterrupted.
Although the financial damage for all three events was substantial, the impact on the health care system was manageable.