Hurricane Season Readiness

June 1, 2017

Hurricane season is here and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are partners in promoting hurricane preparedness.

All states in FEMA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas) have felt their effects either directly or indirectly. Families, individuals, and businesses who know their vulnerability can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster by taking action to prepare.

Here are just a few reminders from Teche Regional Medical Center when preparing for this hurricane season.

“The first step toward hurricane readiness is to make a plan which includes evacuation routes and locations of emergency and special needs shelters” recommends Butch Frazier, Teche Regional’s Chief Executive Officer. Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. The National Weather Service will issue a hurricane watch when there is a threat to coastal areas of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. Prior to evacuating, locate and secure your important papers, fill your automobile's gas tank and make sure your automobile's emergency kits are ready. Take what you need but take only essential items with you.

You can get more information on developing a personalized hurricane plan at the CDC website at http://www.emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/ .

In the event of a Category 1 or 2 hurricane, admissions and services such as surgery are business as usual at the hospital. However, since hurricane Katrina, hospitals no longer serve as shelters and with category 3 or greater, it is probable that the hospital may be ordered to evacuate the patients and the majority of the staff. Services provided will limited to emergency care only. 

Also, Teche Regional would like to remind the community to make arrangements for their pets and livestock.  Due to food and sanitation requirements, animals are not allowed at most evacuation sites and hotels; therefore other arrangements must be made or they may have to be left behind.  Be sure to provide an adequate supply of food and water for them.  Contact the local SPCA for more information.