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Post-Sandy Storm Tips Ahead of Nor’easter

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Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Offers Post-Sandy Storm Tips Ahead of Nor’easter

(Englewood, NJ, November 6, 2012) – Residents still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are now being warned to prepare for another possible disaster, as more severe weather threatens to slam New Jersey on Wednesday.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is urging everyone to take precautions in the wake of the incoming nor’easter, especially those who remain without power in various parts of the state. Forecasters predict winds as high as 70 mile-per-hour may bring additional power outages, wind damage and flooding to some of the area’s already hard-hit communities.

Residents can use the storm preparation checklist below to keep families safe during the new storm.

Restock supplies: If you are running low on prescription medications, first-aid kit supplies, batteries, water, non-perishable food items or flashlights, now is the time to re-stock. Also, re-charge your phone wherever possible so that you are able to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

Remove debris: The nor’easter may bring winds between 40 and 70 miles-per-hour. Remove downed tree limbs or other loose objects from around your property to prevent them from becoming flying projectiles, which could cause injury or worse to those inside.

Secure your property: If your windows, doors or roof sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy, it is important to secure and cover them with tarps or plywood in order to protect yourself and family from the wintry mix of snow, rain and high winds headed this way.

Stay warm: If you remain without power, check with town officials to locate a nearby warming shelter. Stock up on extra blankets and wear multiple layers of clothing, as temperatures are expected to drop in the coming days. Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to extremely cold weather and can sometimes result in loss of limbs or death. If a family member experiences symptoms of shivering, confusion, labored breathing or trouble speaking,
call 911 or visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm for additional storm tips and information.

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Don’t Be Left In the Dark about Safety:  Tips for Weathering a Power Outage from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Update for Friday, November 2

Household Safety

As crews work to restore power to the region, many households are using alternative ways to light and heat their homes. The following precautions are offered as guidelines to insure your family remains safe during a power outage:

Avoid using candles; use battery-powered flashlights and lamps instead.

Never use a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed area. Generators should be placed in a well-ventilated area so the fumes don’t come back in the home.

Store fuel safely outside and away from heat sources.

Install carbon monoxide detectors and remember that you cannot smell or see carbon monoxide (CO). If you start feeling sick or weak, get fresh air immediately.

Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.

Keep the generator dry. Do not use in rain or flood conditions.

Plug appliances directly into the generator or use an outdoor-rated extension cord.

Never use a barbecue grill (charcoal or gas) to cook inside or as a heat source.

Don’t try to heat your home with the stove or oven.

Unplug major appliances to protect them from a power surge when power comes back on.

Leave a light turned on so you know when power is restored.

Food Safety

Knowing how to determine if food is safe will reduce the risk of food borne illness. These tips can help you keep your family safe during an emergency:

For those who have been without power since Monday, all frozen and refrigerated perishables should be thrown away. This includes items like eggs, cheese, mayonnaise, deli items, cooked and uncooked poultry, meat and seafood.

The USDA recommends disposing of frozen items after an average of 12-36 hours without power, and the discarding of refrigerated items after four hours.

Do not rely on appearance or odor and never taste food to determine its safety.

Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.

Make sure to wash fruits and vegetables with water from a safe source before eating.

In the case of an emergency, dial 911.

For more information and tips, visit:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/

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Uninterrupted Care During Hurricane Sandy

Update for Wednesday, November 1 - At Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, we have taken every precaution to continue to provide high quality and safe care to our patients during the hurricane. Fortunately, we never lost power and weathered the storm essentially undamaged (with the exception of the huge tree in the courtyard). Our extraordinary staff went through great lengths to establish and arrange precautionary measures, including two levels of power back-up, securing internal communications between patient care areas, working with secondary network providers to ensure we had continuity of phone and network operations, set up for potential patient surges, and arranging appropriate inventories, linen and dietary supplies.

Additionally, as with any disaster situation, the Medical Center staffed an Incident Command Center on campus throughout the storm to manage patient care and staffing issues and to smoothly coordinate the care of incoming patients from other facilities. Except for Tuesday immediately following the storm when elective and outpatient procedures were cancelled, we have remained fully operational.

We are operating our usual schedules for procedures in the Berrie and Main Operating Rooms and Pre Admission Testing and Operating Room scheduling are open as usual. We continue to provide all patient services and have opened and staffed additional inpatient units and outpatient departments to handle the temporary surge in patient volume and needs.

We commend and are grateful to the entire Medical Center family for pulling together before, during, and even now following this devastating event to collaborate as a team to maintain our priority in caring for our patients and community members.

Please continue to be careful, as the roads and surrounding areas did not fare as well as we did. The effects of Sandy will be with us for quite some time.

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Update for Monday, October 29 - All elective surgery and outpatient procedures scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, have been canceled due to the impending storm.

Emergency preparations are well underway at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and we are prepared for the storm.

Area residents are urged to make emergency preparations. A list of emergency preparedness information is available at www.Ready.gov.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.