By: Mollie Melbourne
In the midst of carving pumpkins, buying candy, and putting the finishing touches on Halloween costumes, many people from Virginia to Maine are also watching the weather closely as Hurricane Sandy makes her way northward. It’s too soon to know exactly what weather will accompany the ghosts and goblins on Halloween, but it’s not too soon to look at your preparedness at home and at work.
Take the next few days to review your plan, make sure contact information is up to date, clarify expectations about staff coming to work, define your trigger for re-scheduling patients and closing your facility, and encourage your staff to update their personal plan. Take a look at your emergency supplies at home and work and fill in your kit where needed. Even if Sandy decides to treat us rather than trick us, these efforts will not be wasted.
Stay up to date with the latest forecast on the National Hurricane Center website. And visit Ready.gov for great personal preparedness plan templates, resources for business continuity planning, and solid advice for hurricane preparedness.