Disaster Preparedness

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated several southeastern states. From this tragedy came many lessons learned. We identified ga[s in disaster preparedness for the Hemophilia Community. These hemophilia patients lost access to s[ecialized care, local providers lacked essential medical information, Hemophilia staff was unable to contact patients and no plan was in place to access care remotely.

This Disaster Plan is an overall disaster preparedness strategy to help our Hemophilia Treatment center maintain care for our patients in the event of a disaster. It outlines steps that Vanderbilt Hemophilia Treatment Center management and staff will take to anticipate, survive and recover from disaster situations.

Types of Disasters

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Listed below are a few examples of disaster types:

Natural Disasters: Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Severe storms, Tornadoes, Fires and floods
Technological Hazards: Power outages and Cyber security breeches


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides a description of each type of disaster, as well as detailed recommendations for preparing for each disaster, planning for evacuation and staying informed of the situation. Simply go to www.ready.gov and read more about planning for emergency situations with your family.

Vanderbilt Hemophilia Treatment Center Strategy

Our Disaster Preparedness Team is responsible for evaluating and declaring a potential disaster situation, as well as overseeing the recovery effort. Reliable communication is critical for Center Staff to coordinate care for our patients. Our centers crisis communication plan includes a contact tree between team members and a designated phone line to better serve our patients.


Toll free 1-866-372-5663 (DrBlood)

During a disaster situation, please leave a detailed message and phone number. A nurse will triage all incoming phone calls and will contact you as quickly as possible.

Additional information will be added periodically to our Voice Mail Message. Continue to call and check for updates.

Off-site Facilities

If our center's facility is evacuated or our phone system is compromised and you need immediate care, please report to another Hemophilia treatment Center. Here are some examples:
North of Nashville
University of Kentucky HTC
740 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40536 Nurse Coordinator: Susan Peterson (859) 257-6033
South of Nashville
University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center
1600 7th Avenue South Suite 422
Birmingham, AL 35233
Nurse Coordinator: Mary Catherine Noa (205) 939-9285
East of Nashville
East TN Comprehensive Hemophilia Center
1928 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
Nurse Coordinator: Denise Hitch (865) 305-9170 or (865)-544-9170
West of Nashville
University of Tennessee - Memphis 880 Madison Avenue Suite 5C01
Memphis, TN 38103
Nurse Coordinator: Donald E. Lilley (901) 448-8260 or (901) 448-1751

Interactive Mapping of HTC Locations

Vanderbilt Hemostasis/Hemophilia Clinic
Village at Vanderbilt
1500 21st Ave. Suite 2500
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: 615-936-1765
Fax: 615-343-1556
Toll free number: 1-866-372-5663 (1-866-DR BLOOD)