Hurricane Sandy be prepared

October 27, 2012 in Best of Both, Emergency Preparedness

Yesterday, at the hosptial our emergency management committee meet ad hoc to discuss being prepared for the impending arrival of  Hurricane Sandy.  We have very extensive plans and protocols at the hospital  to ensure the quality of care and safety for our patients and staff even in the worst of condidtions.  The National Weather Service informs us that Hurricane Sandy is headed toward the east coast and should arrive by Monday.    Although the storm track could change, the time for preparation is now.   With this thought in mind, I wanted to share some of the information to prepare readers of My Best of Both Worlds.  To ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family, you should:

  1. Prepare an Emergency Go Kit:  Each person should have a Go-Kit in the event of a hurricane WATCH or WARNING, put these items into a smaller, portable Go-Kit — such as a hands-free backpack or duffel bag — or a container in case you need to evacuate. Keep it by your front door or an exit in case of an emergency evacuation for up to five (5) days.  Family Go-Kit should include:

– First aid kit.
– Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.
– Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick.
– A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.
– Personal items, ie: eyeglasses, cash in small bills.
– Important documents in a waterproof container:  Drivers’ licenses, Wills, Birth/Marriage certificates, Insurance policies, Deed or Lease, Recent tax returns, Credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security cards, Passport, Home inventory list

– Special items for infants, elderly, pets or loved ones with special needs

  1. Fill your most reliable vehicle with gas, also get gas for your BBQ
  2. Get car chargers for your cell phones
  3. If you are located in a hurricane evacuation zone, know where you would go if you had to leave your home, talk to friends and family that are outside of an evacuation zone so you have a plan.
My thinking is for Hurricane Sandy be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.  Hopefully all the planning and preparedness will just be an exercise, but just in case you and your family will be ready.