disaster response

Forget Hurricanes — Many Nursing Homes Lack Basic Emergency Preparedness

Sep 19, 2017

It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes.

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection records. Those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.

Mapping The Need: Project Gleans Health Data From National Helpline Calls

Mar 9, 2016
Lisa Hickman, a 2-1-1 Call Center Supervisor, works for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
United Way of Greater St. Louis

Here are some numbers you wouldn’t have been able to find two years ago.

Last week, 3,428 people from the St. Louis Metro Area called the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline, asking for help. One in four requested financial assistance to pay a utility bill. Nearly 500 callers asked for rent assistance, a bed in an emergency shelter, or another housing request. Another 114 needed help filing their taxes.

These data, long recorded and maintained by the United Way, are now compiled publicly and continuously updated. Coordinators at Washington University in St. Louis say the information has the potential to inform the work of policy makers, local governments and nonprofits, and they hope to go national soon.