Severe Weather Preparedness

Plain Speech Text: Severe Cold Emergency Preparedness Planning

_________________________ (facility name)
Emergency Procedure
SEVERE COLD

Severe Cold Weather Procedures

The following procedures will be followed if there is a loss of heating function during cold weather to prevent hyperpyrexia.

When the facility temperature reaches 65 degrees Fahrenheit and remains so for four (4) hours:

  • Ensure residents are dressed warmly and have enough blankets/coverings.
  • Cover the heads of the residents and protect other extremities.
  • Force fluids.
  • Monitor body temperatures.
  • Monitor environmental thermometers.
  • Evacuate residents if temperatures remain low and residents’ safety and welfare is jeopardized.
  • Notify Medical Director

Facility Action Cards (FACs)

FACs – Flood, Landslide, Severe Heat/Cold, Tornado Plan (General)

  1. As severe weather potential develops, announce the appropriate alerts based on developing conditions:
    • Monitor facility’s weather alert radio, television, and broadcast radio for changing conditions, alerts, and warnings
    • Be prepared to relocate residents to safe areas well in advance of a serious situation; be proactive in planning and do not wait for the situation to become dire
    • Ensure windows and draperies are closed and distribute appropriate equipment to staff members (flashlights, first aid supplies etc.)
    • Secure the outside of the facility and cancel any outside activities or events
    • Activate the facility’s ICS if needed
  2. As severe weather arrives or warnings are issued for the area in which the facility is located, announce Alerts based on developing conditions:
    • Activate the facility’s ICS.
    • Relocate residents, staff members, and visitors to safe, pre-designated locations.
    • Close all interior doors.
    • Shut down non-essential equipment.
    • Monitor residents closely.
    • Brace for storm impact.
  3. Ensure that the fire department and local authorities have been notified and are responding following storm impact.
  4. Ensure that the specific procedures defined in the facility’s Severe Weather Response Plans are utilized to internally manage the incident.
  5. Utilize appropriate sections of the Kentucky LTC Emergency Preparedness Manual to manage the incident as needed.
  6. Maintain all operations in accordance with the ICS until the incident is officially terminated.