February 8, 2013
While few snowflakes have fallen all winter, thus far, Parker Jewish Institute launched itself onto emergency footing Thursday, as the National Weather Service forecast a blizzard for Friday, packing wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and dumping as much as two feet of snow.
"In any emergency planning scenario, one of the keys to effectiveness is to get out ahead of the major problems," said Parker's President and CEO, Michael N. Rosenblut. So, as managers and staff of Parker's Medical Transportation Division, Lakeville Ambulette Transportation, LLC, grappled with the anticipated near white-out conditions, all vehicles were fueled and tires were checked. Reserve gasoline and tires were made ready, including Lakeville vehicles and personal transport fleets. Fresh loads of salt were prepared and staged for use. Flashlights and other emergency lights and equipment (e.g., chainsaws) were readied. Staff transportation arrangements were coordinated.
With considerable snow totals, flooding and widespread power outages possible, Parker's generators and backup generators were refueled. A backup water supply was ensured. Friday morning food delivery was confirmed. Medical supplies and pharmaceuticals were placed on an expedited Friday AM delivery. Extra and/or advanced physical therapy treatments were scheduled; and provisions for Saturday dialysis treatments at the on-site Queens-Long Island Renal Institute, Inc. were carefully made.
Mr. Rosenblut added, "Parker's emergency preparedness, like its growing network of programs and services, rests firmly on strategic planning and a dedicated staff. Planning and implementation reflects the best interests and safety of our residents, patients, visitors and staff."
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