Prepare Your Practice for Hurricane Sandy

Though Hurricane Sandy is currently expected to make landfall in southern New Jersey on Sunday, the storm still poses a significant danger to Massachusetts.

Flood warnings, high winds warnings and coastal flood warnings have been posted for various parts of Massachusetts. Governor Patrick has declared a state of emergency to facilitate preparations.

Your To Do List

Widespread, lengthy power outages in Massachusetts remain a possibility. If you own or manage a practice, consider following these precautions:

  • Post emergency contact information where patients can find it. This includes updating the home page of your practice website, and simply putting a notice in your office window. If there are local pharmacies you deal with routinely, you may wish to provide them with this contact information.
  • Back up your office computer systems and make sure you can access critical records offsite.
  • Contact the insurance companies you participate with to find out their contingencies for pre-authorizations, claims processing and prescription refills in the event of power and/or service disruptions.
  • Plan ahead for alternative storage of vaccines and other perishable items, in the event of a power outage.

Keep up to date

MMS website: www.massmed.org

MMS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/massmed

MMS on Twitter: @massmedical

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: www.mass.gov/mema

MEMA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA

MEMA on Twitter: @MassEMA

Federal Emergency Management: www.fema.gov

National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

National Weather Service/Taunton: www.weather.gov/boston

National Weather Service/Albany, NY: www.weather.gov/albany

Mass211: www.mass211.org

 

Smartphone App

Ping4Alerts! Is a state-endorsed smartphone app for iPhones and Android phones. It receives severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA based on the user’s location. Learn more at http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

(Thanks to the Connecticut State Medical Society for developing some of this content.)

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