Good Afternoon HCAF Members,
All of this comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey and the large swath of disaster it unleashed across the state of Texas, especially in Houston. This is a warning call to all of us; now is the time to prepare and ensure the safety of our patients, staff and loved ones to the best of our abilities.
If you have not already done so, now is the time to implement your Emergency Preparedness plans and here are just a few of the many things you should be doing and thinking about as we speak:
- Do you have an up-to-date patient census?
- Do you have patients classified according to their medical condition?
- Are those patients who are in need of special needs shelter placement, during a disaster, registered accordingly?
- Do you have current contact information for all staff members?
- Do you know the Emergency Management Services (EMS) contact person in your community/county?
- Click here to access a list of the various county emergency management offices.
- Do you have updated/current medication lists for all of your patients?
- Have you educated all staff on how to respond to different types of disaster?
- Do you have policies and procedures to guide staff in taking care of patients during disaster?
- Do you have a plan for securing supplies required to take care of patients during disaster?
As you prepare for this impending storm, be sure to stay abreast of updated watches, warnings, and advisories. You can click here
to access these updates on the NOAA website. They are usually updated every 2-3 minutes. You can also click here
for any updates to the NOAA forecast cone for the storm trajectory.
Above all, take precautions now. Better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best in an effort to minimize disruptions to patient care as well as any ill-effects Irma might bring with it.
Stay safe and please do not hesitate to reach out to HCAF if we can be of any assistance to you. More updates and reminders to follow.