Plain Speech Text: Severe Cold Emergency Preparedness Planning
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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)
- 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
- 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.
- Ensure that the fire department and local authorities have been notified and are responding following storm impact.
- Ensure that the specific procedures defined in the facility’s Severe Weather Response Plans are utilized to internally manage the incident.
- Utilize appropriate sections of the Kentucky LTC Emergency Preparedness Manual to manage the incident as needed.
- Maintain all operations in accordance with the ICS until the incident is officially terminated.