Secondary concerns include basic needs such as personal medication, food, water, sleep, shelter, and rest.
Make a Plan <ul><li>Many disasters happen without warning. Take the time to plan how to protect and provide for yourself, your family, and your pets in the event of an emergency or disaster. </li></ul>
Your Role for Patient Safety <ul><li>Be sure that your family understands that in an emergency, you will likely be needed at the Hospital and will need to report, perhaps for an extended period of time. </li></ul>
A family plan should include at least these three important things
A Meeting Place - Pick a location within walking distance of your home where your family members can meet in case you get separated or have to evacuate. For example, a local park or playground.
An Out of Area Contact - During a disaster, you may not be able to make local phone calls, but you might be able to call out of the area. Pick a family member or friend to serve as your family's Out-of-Area contact. You can call your Out-of-Area contact and tell them you're safe, where you are, and where you are going. All family members should have the phone number of your Out-of-Area contact with them at all times.
An Emergency Supply Kit - enough supplies to last you three days at a minimum, but for even longer is better! Build a kit for your home, for your car, and for your work. And remember to make sure your child is prepared at school.
Practice, practice, practice! The more you practice your emergency plan, the more likely you are to remember it in times of disaster.
Remember, emergency supply kits should be designed to fit your needs
Put together small versions for the office, school and car 1. Extra clothes w/sturdy shoes 2. Flashlight w/extra batteries 3. Whistle 4. First Aid kit with three-day supply of prescription drugs 5. Entertainment items like a deck of cards 6. Shelter-in-Place supplies like duct tape and plastic 7. Cash: ATMs won't operate if power is out
You are vitally important to the hospital if a disaster occurs. Have a plan if called back to the hospital: Family safety Prepare a “grab bag” for work Personal safety
Agencies with helpful information <ul><li>Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/services/prepare/ </li></ul><ul><li>FEMA </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fema.gov/areyouready </li></ul>