The Atlantic Hurricane Season beings June 1 and runs through November. Healthcare Facilities are encouraged to review their emergency response plans. Here is a down-and-dirty list of items and actions facilities should consider anytime a substantial wind/rain event is likely:

  • Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Healthcare Facilities
  • Hurricane Preparedness Planning Resources: tools and templates
  • Additional preparedness information from VDEM
  • Know your Zone if you are located near a floodplain
  • Clear storm drains and roof drains of debris.
  • Loose items, such as patio umbrellas, furniture, and waste receptacles moved indoors.
  • Ensure generator fuel supplies are full.
  • Food and water supplies are at capacity appropriate for patient/resident census and staff support.
  • Review and update contact information for staff and key external resources.
  • Know your triggers for sheltering in place or evacuating
  • Have leak kits on standby for any water intrusion that results.
  • Encourage staff to make personal preparedness efforts a priority.
  • Test any redundant communication systems.
  • Ensure weather radios are operational and placed at key locations within the organization.
  • Make sure your VHASS information is up to date
  • Sign up for Regional Communications to receive any information regarding calls with community partners
  • Contact the RHCC (866) 679-7422 and local emergency management for any needs or concerns.