Preparation for Hurricane Season 2020
Are you ready?
June 1 marked the official first day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. We feel this is the time to be prepared, and even more so because of the current pandemic.
Presently, Cristobal is wreaking devastation across Central America. Tropical Depression Cristobal is going to be with us for the next several days with impacts from Central America to the United States into next week. This storm will bring a lot of rain and surf to the Gulf Coast region. Expect Cristobal to gain strength as it moves across the Gulf to become a Tropical Storm by the time it makes landfall in Louisiana, currently estimated to be Sunday, June 7.
So, how do you prepare in the age of COVID-19?
We hope that you have already gone over and updated your emergency preparedness plan. Whether you have or haven’t, there are a few things to consider that are essential for our pandemic situation.
When checking your supply stock of food, water, and other supplies for your employees and residents, now you must include items such as:
- Face coverings
- Other PPE
This supply should be enough to last your residents and staff at least 72 hours in case of shelter-in-place. Ensure your stock includes enough PPE for all residents and staff in case of an evacuation or limited to no availability for deliveries during a shelter-in-place.
Evacuation to other facilities will be much harder now that we’re also dealing with COVID-19. Your residents are the HIGHEST risk population, and there could be extra complications, so preparation is critical. Check with your evacuation partner facilities for the new plan of safely evacuating and keeping all residents safe from Mother Nature and COVID-19. Be aware of their COVID-19 case population and share yours with them.
In case of shelter in place, your maintenance team should prepare your building for hurricanes. Decluttering drains and gutters benefit to prevent flooding and backup water. If you are near the Gulf Coast region, you may want to consider hurricane shutters for your building also. Also, remember that Emergency responders may be impoverished or not working in groups for safety precautions during the pandemic. But they will work diligently for the safety of everyone.
By the way, The National Hurricane Center is predicting an active season this year, with three to six major hurricanes. So far, Cristobal is the first named storm we (in the area of the Gulf) are facing, but it won’t be the last of the season. We wish you safety and wellness as you prepare and protect your residents and staff. Keep up the great work and care, and remember that we’re
There when you need I.T.®!
Did you know?
Did you know that Think Anew is working on fine-tuning the ever-responding solution, BOOMBOX? BOOMBOX’s design provides an LTC facility the ability to connect and communicate in the case that regular communications are lost. That connection may temporarily stop, but the need for electronic health record transfer doesn’t. BOOMBOX securely provides a communication platform for you to continue charting, communicate with external providers, and, most importantly, communicate with emergency responders.