Friday, September 24, 2010

Emergency preparedness at home and work

Ready for action: Tom Herrmann, Emergency Preparedness administrative manager, left, and Dave Reisman, Emergency Preparedness administrative director, display an example of an emergency preparedness kit.

In May 2010, a water main break in Weston disrupted the lives of millions of Massachusetts residents accustomed to easy access to clean drinking water. Though the situation was quickly addressed and resolved in the community and at the MGH, the event reminded those affected how important it is to be prepared for any emergency.

In recognition of September as Emergency Preparedness Month, MGH Emergency Preparedness is encouraging employees, patients and visitors to make sure that they are ready to respond to a disaster both at home and work.

The following are disaster preparedness tips for employees:

- Develop a family disaster plan -- create a home disaster kit containing food, water, personal items and information, and establish a family communication plan.

- Know your MGH department's disaster plan and where to report to in the case of an emergency.

- Keep your contact information up-to-date with your department and in PeopleSoft.

- Take your employee ID home to have immediate access to your badge when not at the hospital.

- In the event of a disaster, if on-site, report to your supervisor and stay on-site until dismissed. If not on-site and asked to respond, all employees must show their ID and enter the hospital through the Gray Lobby entrance on Blossom Street. 

To help MGHers, patients and visitors be ready for times of crisis, MGH Emergency Preparedness will host an information table Sept. 29 from 7 am to 5 pm in the Main Corridor. Emergency preparedness experts will be present to answer questions and distribute informative materials and brochures. Visitors to the table may also enter a raffle to win a free emergency preparedness kit.

For more information about emergency preparedness at the MGH, visit 

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