CODE READY: Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
September 12, 2012
Create or review your plan during National Preparedness Month
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 12, 2012) – Are you prepared for an emergency situation in your community? Following the terrorist attacks on America in 2001, September was designated as National Preparedness Month to encourage Emergency Preparedness on a national scale.
“September is National Preparedness Month - a great time to make sure you have a personal preparedness plan,” said Helen Cunningham, emergency program coordinator at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. “Most of us prepare for handling an emergency at work but may not think as much about being prepared for an emergency at home. Both are equally important.”
While Nashville isn’t at high risk for natural disasters like hurricanes, the region is at risk for emergencies including tornados, flooding, fire, and HAZMAT accidents. Cunningham emphasizes that we should all be prepared for the minutes, hours, and days following an emergency.
“Being prepared means having an emergency plan to communicate with and sustain your family through the aftermath of an emergency,” she said. “Having a plan in advance will greatly reduce stress during an actual emergency.”
In addition to nutritional essentials like water and non-perishable food, she recommends having items on hand and a plan to communicate with family and work, maintain hygiene, work safely to remove debris or help others, and to protect yourself and family members against infection or disease.
For preparedness tips, checklists, and more detailed information, visit FEMA’s dedicated preparedness website: Ready.gov.
Quick Tips to Prepare BEFORE a Disaster:
- Make a plan and share it with your family.
- Have a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food for each member of your family. This includes pets!
- Keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Identify alternate travel routes from your home and workplace.
- Keep extra medications and hygiene supplies on hand.
- Keep your mobile phone fully charged.
- Have cash on hand – debit and credit cards machines may not be in service.
- Have a battery powered radio to receive information on what to do or where to go.
- Know where your important papers are located (birth certificate, insurance papers, etc.).
Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at 615-342-1919 or 800-242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.