Hospitals cancel outpatient service during Sandy
Published 6:13 pm, Monday, October 29, 2012
The Western Connecticut Health Network has cancelled outpatient services throughout the region through the end of day on Tuesday, October, 30, 2012, due to the forecast of Sandy's impact on the Greater Danbury and New Milford areas, and because Gov. Malloy has closed state highways until further notice.
This includes all outpatient laboratory service centers and blood drawing stations, imaging and other outpatient testing, physician appointments at the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center and with all of the Western Connecticut Medical Group offices.
Patients with appointments on Wednesday and later this week are encouraged to call to reconfirm their appointments before leaving home.
Both Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are fully operational. Hospital clinical staff are being asked to report to work as directed by their supervisors.
"We'd like to reassure you that Western Connecticut Health Network, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital are carefully watching the storm track," said WCHN spokeswoman Andrea Rynn, "and are ready with contingency plans should we experience severe weather."
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offering the following preparedness tips:
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation;
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food;
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both;
• Flashlight and extra batteries;
• First aid kit;
• A whistle to signal for help;
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation;
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities;
• Can opener;
• Local maps;
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
Family Emergency Plan
• Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
• Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you've listed them as emergency contacts.
• Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
• Subscribe to alert services. Many communities/states now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about severe weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. In Connecticut, go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for alerts.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit ct.gov/hurricane.
Helpful shelter information can also be found at www.211ct.org/Disaster/hurricane_tornado.asp.