Hurricane Preparedness

As storms begin to creep up the east coast and begins to threaten the Chesapeake Bay, our plans have been established and reviewed to make sure we can provide care as necessary to the residents of Hampton Roads. We have focused on making sure we have proper staffing levels related to weathering out the storm in our facilities. If needed, Bon Secours will make arrangements to ensure that we have physicians available to care for the public in case of emergencies.

We have sufficient food, medicines, water, electricity and medical supplied to be self-sufficient in all our acute facilities, including nursing care centers, for a minimum of 96 hours. We also have the capacity to run our emergency generators for up to a week without service from Virginia Power.

We are prepared for possible flooding, loss of electric service, loss of water service, and any illnesses and/or injuries that may ensue after a storm of this nature. Please do not go to a Bon Secours hospital unless you are injured, sick or in need of emergency care.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions we encounter during hurricane season:

During a Hurricane Watch
Begin making preparations (secure food, water, batteries, radio, shelter, medications, personal belongings, etc.). A Hurricane Watch is an announcement for specific coastal areas that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.

During a Hurricane Warning
Seek shelter at one of the area's shelters, or if possible leave the area. A Hurricane Warning means that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a hurricane are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
 
  • Stock up on medications and get prescriptions refilled before the storm hits – physicians’ offices and pharmacies may not have electrical service for several days after the storm.
  • Take all medications in a plastic bag if you have to evacuate.
  • Remember that some medication (such as insulin) may need refrigeration, so have a cooler available for this purpose.
  • Individuals dependent on oxygen machines should contact their oxygen distributor for a backup bottle in case of extended power outages.
  • Remember, hospitals will be busy with medical emergencies and post storm injuries and may not be able to provide this for you.
  • Stock up on fresh water and ice in case of power outages. Stock up on non-perishable food and make sure you have a manual can opener.
Please do not go to a Bon Secours hospital unless you are injured, sick or need emergency care.
NO. If you need to evacuate, you should first seek shelter with relatives, friends or hotels/motels away from the affected area. Use emergency shelters as a last resort. Monitor public information systems such as television, radio, newspapers or Web sites for the status and location of emergency shelters in your area. Only emergencies will be treated at local hospitals.
Call the office after the emergency conditions are over to reschedule your appointment.
The office will probably be closed during emergency situations. Pre-planning is extremely important, especially with medications. Call your doctor's office before the storm hits to ask about closures, medication refills, and the availability of the staff.
As soon as possible the Bon Secours office staff will try to contact you to reschedule your care.