Avera Medical Minute: Preparing to Care for Patients in a Blizzard Live 1/6/10
As for preparing for the current storm, we plan for all kinds of emergencies (including blizzards) with the expectation that from a patient's perspective, it's business as usual and we will offer the best care possible. When a storm is looming, we plan ahead to make sure that all critical care positions are staffed so we can appropriately deal with the needs of our patients.
During the Christmas blizzard we determined which employees might have trouble getting to work and even had a four-wheel-drive shuttle service set up to get them here. We also had sleeping quarters set up for employees who couldn't get home after their shifts. Similar precautions are made anytime there's a possibility of a storm that could produce conditions like that.