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Calm in the storm

  • Featuring: Beth Hegde & Allie Hyams
  • Date Submitted: Aug 17, 2023
  • Location: Washington

While in a meeting outside the hospital, Beth got word of an active shooter at her children’s high school. Her son was home sick that day; her daughter texted letting her know she was safe. As director of communications for Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., Beth knew emergency procedures and leapt into action to ensure the hospital was ready for what was likely coming their way. Fortunately, it turned out to be a false alarm. Beth credits her Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training for helping her remain calm in the storm. Edit credit: Alison Jacques


  • Beth Hegde
  • Allie Hyams
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • Spokane
  • FEMA
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Active Shooter
  • Disaster preparedness plan