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Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Travel Nurses

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Travel Nurses

 

Hurricane season for the Atlantic region runs from June 1st to November 30th each year. Although hurricanes are difficult to predict, being prepared in advance is crucial for medical professionals. Nurses play an important role in natural disasters, as patients will still require critical care despite the loss of power, flooding, or compromised infrastructure. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important this year to plan for the unexpected.

 

Learn The Facility’s Preparedness Plan

  • Hospitals and other healthcare facilities in hurricane-prone areas typically do have a response protocol. If you take an assignment at a high-risk area, check with your recruiter or the facility and learn their procedures and expectations.

Plan Your Stay And/Or Evacuation Routes

  • It is common for facilities to allow nurses and other healthcare professionals to stay overnight during hurricanes. It is best to be prepared with several days worth of supplies, and anything needed to ensure a comfortable stay. In the event you are not needed to stay, it is best to familiarize yourself with all evacuation routes, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar area.

Gather Supplies For Personal Use

  • During uncertain times, you’ll want to be prepared with anything you may need. Preparing a “go kit” with personal items including clothing, toiletries and essential medicine will always ensure you’re a step ahead.

 

Being prepared for emergencies will ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably. Check out some of the resources below to ensure you’re as prepared as can be.

Red Cross Hurricane Safety

CDC Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

National Weather Service – Hurricane Preparedness 2021