September 21, 2017 by Bethany Rundell and John Fernandez
Hurricane Irma Updates and Preparedness Tips (With Infographic)
Baptist Health is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma as it approaches South Florida.
Knowing what to do before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm can maximize chances of weathering the storm safely. From securing your home to stocking up on emergency supplies, there’s a lot to do. The infographic below outlines the most important steps to take.
Baptist Health is prepared to care for the community should a storm result in the need for medical attention.*
“We organize rigorous drills and trainings that are held year-round,” said Wayne Brackin, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baptist Health.
Mr. Brackin was at Homestead Hospital 25 years ago during Hurricane Andrew. The experiences encountered there at ground zero helped shape the healthcare organization’s emergency preparedness strategy that’s in place today. “Our emergency plan goes beyond storms to include the outbreak of diseases and man-made disasters. It’s always best to be prepared to ride out the storm,” says Mr. Brackin, who is a regular contributor to Baptist Health’s Weathering the Storms blog.
*If you or a loved one become sick during Hurricane Irma, you can have a free virtual doctor’s visit by using Baptist Health’s Care On Demand. The service will be free beginning at 7 a.m., Thursday, September 7, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, September 12. From a mobile phone, tablet or computer visit BaptistHealth.net/CareOnDemand and follow the instructions to connect to a healthcare provider. Care On Demand addresses minor illnesses such as cold, fever, headaches, cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, eye swelling/redness, rash and burns, ear/sinus pain, allergies, animal bites, burning with urination and wound care consultation. The service is available from the entire state of Florida.
Infographic by Irina de Souza