Stay tuned to radio or TV stations until you hear the official “all clear”. Before going outside make sure you have on sturdy shoes to help avoid cuts from debris, fall etc. Stay away from downed power lines. Do not use tap water. Assume a “Boil water order” is in effect until you are informed otherwise. Drive only where necessary. Maintain residents at evacuation site until it is determined that facility/home is safe to move back into. Each facility should not only be structurally sound, but also have electricity and running water. If unable to move back, stay at the evacuation site and await instructions. If at a Red Cross Shelter, utilize previously identified relocation options, i.e. hotels or motels, family member homes, etc.
- Set in motion plan for continued services. Identify resources to be utilized while at evacuation site, particularly medical and pharmacy services. Review status of resident needs assessment:
- Review status of emergency plan.
- Review personnel status and personnel needs.
- Review staff schedule and implement revisions.
- Revise plans based on assessment of each of the above areas.
- Communicate with:
- Family members, guardians, and advocates;
- Client’s case managers;
- Independent support coordinators;
- Community agencies;
- Volunteer groups;
- During a Power Outage
In the event of the failure of a power outage following actions will be taken immediately.
The safety officer will be notified immediately for assistant.
The Safety Officer Head or designee will make very effort to determine the cause of the power outage.
Florida Power and Light will also be notified to determine the estimated length of the power outage. Florida Power and Light 954-581-5668.
At that point the Safety Officer and the CEO with determine if the agency/residence is a safe environment for clients.
In the event of the failure of the sewer and/or plumbing system, the following actions should be taken:
- Staff will immediately contact the Safety Officer Head for assistance
- The Safety Officer Head or designee will make very effort to determine the cause of the sewer or plumbing failure and reactivate the system.
- In the event that repairs cannot be made in-house or will require extensive down time of the system the following action should be taken:
- The Safety Officer Head will advise the staff of problems found and anticipated downtime.
- The Safety Officer Head or designee will contact the building owner/manager who will contact the service provider (if services are required) normally engaged by the owner to assist in carrying out the emergency repair.
- If it has been determined that it is a city system failure contact the local and/or municipal department.
- Should the problem continue for an extended period of time, portable facilities should be obtained to accommodate clients, visitors, and employees.