Emergency Preparedness

Important Contact Information


How prepared are you?

Use this list to evaluate your preparedness.
Think about other needs you may have.

• Find and fix hazards.

– Secure bookcases, water heaters, oxygen tanks, ect., to wall studs.
– Hang pictures, mirrors, and plants away from beds and couches.
– Install latches on cabinets and drawers to keep items from spilling.

• Plan how to stay informed.

– Have a battery powered radio. Be sure to have extra batteries.
– Plan for someone to keep you informed if you have trouble hearing.
– Have cell phones charged so that you can receive alerts.

• Get emergency supplies.

Store enough water to last 3 days. Start with these basics:
– Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
– Food that won’t spoil and a manual (non-electric) can opener
– Flashlights and extra batteries
– Medications and medical supplies
– First-aid kit
– Blankets
– Ask equipment suppliers about alternate power supplies for
electrical medical equipment.

• Be ready to evacuate.

Before an emergency strikes:
– Pack a bag of essentials. Include a blanket.
– Label medical equipment, supplies and medications.
– Arrange for transportation.
– Pick a meeting place or a friend to call.
– Make safety arrangements for pets.


Fire safety is a must!


Install and test smoke detectors.

  • Install at least one on each floor, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Test monthly. If needed, install detectors that flash lights or give some other signal that doesn’t involve sound.

Plan your escape.

  • Plan two ways out of every room and out of your building. Remember, you cannot use elevators in a fire.
  • Install ramps, alter windows and make any other needed changes to make escape easier. Doors and windows with security bars must have quick-release devices.
  • Practice both escape plans regularly. But do not take unnecessary chances when practicing.

If you smell smoke or an alarm goes off:

  • Turn off any oxygen equipment immediately if there is a fire.
  • Try to get out right away.
  • Stay calm. Follow your escape plan.
  • Feel doors with the back of your hand. If they feel warm or if smoke is seeping in, don’t open them. Use your second way out.
  • If you’re caught in smoke, stay low. Crawl close to the floor.
  • Keep doors closed if you cannot get out.
  • Stuff cloth around doors and cover vents to keep smoke out.
  • Phone the fire department. Say where you are in the building.
  • Signal for help. But open windows only if no smoke comes in.
  • Stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch on fire.
  • Roll on the floor until flames go out. Cover your face with your hands
  • If you can’t roll, smother the flames with a blanket, towel or coat.
  • Don’t run.


Stay safe in storms.

Listen for local alerts and instructions and remember these general tips:


  • Stay inside, away from windows.
  • Stay away from water and faucets.
  • Use the phone only for emergencies. (Cordless and cell phones are OK to use.)
  • If you’re caught outside, try to go to a low spot. Get away from tall trees, open fields, metal objects and water. Crouch low to the ground but don’t lie down.


  • Go to the basement right away.
  • If you can’t get to a basement, go to the lowest floor possible. Stay in a hallway or small room (like a closet or bathroom) in the center of the building.
  • If you live in a mobile (manufactured) home, go to a sturdy building nearby. If that’s not possible, go outside. Lie flat in a ditch or low area. Cover your head with your arms.


  • Learn safe routes to higher ground ahead of time.
  • Move to high ground immediately if there is a “flash flood warning.” Do the same if you suspect flooding has started.


Heat waves and cold snaps can be deadly.

Ask family and friends to check on you often

In hot weather:

Stay cool.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine.
  • Wear cool light colored clothes, even if you don’t feel hot.
  • Cover sunny windows with drapes and awnings.
  • Use air conditioning, if possible.
Watch for heat exhaustion.

This means your body is overheating. Signs may include:

  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • What to do: lie down, drink water, and sponge off with a cool wet, cloth.
Get immediate medical help for heat stroke.

This is the most serious heat-related illness. Signs may include:

  • Hot, dry skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Confusion
  • Body temperature above 103°F
  • What to do: Dial 9-1-1 or your local number for Emergency Medical Services. Delay can be deadly!

In cold weather:

Stay warm.
  • Keep your home well heated. Dress warmly even if you don’t feel cold.
  • Eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine. It will make you lose heat faster.
Watch for a drop in body temperature.

A temperature below 95°F is dangerous. Other danger signs may include:

  • Confusion or sleepiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Stiffness in arms or legs
  • Severe shivering
  • Get immediate medical help if you have any of these signs. Delay can be deadly!
Re-warm the body.

While waiting for medical help, others should:

  • Wrap you in blankets
  • Lie close to you so their body heat can warm you
  • Avoid rubbing your skin
  • Not give you caffeine of alcohol


After an emergency:

Check for injuries.

  • Don’t move if you’re seriously injured (unless you’re in danger of further injury).
  • Signal and wait for medical help.

Be aware of hidden damage.

  • Use a flashlight – not a candle or other flame – to check for damage.
  • Check electric wires and gas, water and sewage lines. Don’t use them if you suspect damage. (If you turned off the gas, be sure to have a professional turn it back on.)
  • Follow advisories for boiling tap water before you use it.
  • Don’t go into a building if it might be damaged. Ask an official for help.

Use the phone for emergencies only.

  • Help keep phone lines and cell phone networks open for people who need emergency help.

Keep listening for instructions.

  • Officials may tell you to avoid certain roads or take other precautions.
  • If you had to evacuate, officials will tell you when it is safe to go home.

Evacuation Checklist

_____ Patient Necessary Items
_____ Medications: A two week supply of all medications, as ordered by your doctor. What is the current count?_____
_____ Portable oxygen (if required), liter flow _____,  How many tanks are available?_____
_____ Hospice home folder, which includes written orders regarding medical care
_____ Important papers, valid ID with current address
_____ Special dietary foods (non-perishable), with manual can opener
_____ Personal hygiene items, medical supplies, or dressings
_____ Extra glasses or contacts, hearing aids, denture needs
_____ Extra clothing
_____ Wheelchair, walker, cane, ect. (if needed)
_____ Lightweight folding chair
_____ Flashlight and batteries

Questions to consider:

• Do you have a generator?
• Do you have well water?
• What current supplies do you have or need?
• Do you have animals that will need care or evacuation?
• Who/What is your current support system? (verify phone numbers)
• Do you have a person who could run errands/get supplies?

Patient Emergency Disaster Preparedness Information Sheet

(click here for printable pdf version)

Disaster Risk Classification:

Low Risk – If you are classified as low risk, you can safely forgo a scheduled visit without a high
probability of harm or deleterious effects as long as you or a family member can provide any necessary
Average Risk – If you are classified as average risk, during a disaster or emergency, you will need to have
family/caregivers or an alternate means of care (e.g., medical shelter nursing home, hospital) to provide
these services to you.
High Risk – If you are classified as a high risk, in case of a disaster or an emergency, you are probably
best cared for at an alternate care location such as a hospital, nursing home, or medical shelter.

What are the common emergency situations within your community:

Winter snow storms and extreme cold

Resources within your community:

Red Cross (shelters/designated shelters)
Cambridge EMA
Grace Pantry
Salvation Army
United Ambulance
Humane Society

What Radio/TV stations will broadcast pertinent information for you?

Radio: WILE 97.7FM, WHIZ 1240AM, WBNV 93FM, WWKC 105FM, WCMJ 96FM, WBIK 92.1

Hospice of Guernsey Information Sources:

Phone: 740-432-7440
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hospiceofguernsey
Website: www.hospiceofguernsey.com

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