If you’ve been following the news lately, you know that while a snow day used to be a great thing (or at the very least, just an annoyance), here in Atlanta the phrase Snow Day has taken on a whole new dimension.
During our last snow days, Atlanta was woefully unprepared. Children had to spend the night in schools and on school buses, people were stranded on roads for hours, some even spent the night in the cars before just abandoning them on the side of the road.
Personally, I can say that it took me 3 and 1/2 hours to get home from my son’s school, normally a 20 minute max drive but more like a 10 – 15 minute one on a average day. I also trekked out to pick up a friend’s daughter from daycare. Her mom didn’t reach us until 1:00 am after leaving her office at 1:00 pm the day before.
It was a scary experience in general but I was a little comforted because I knew I had done my best to prepare my family for an emergency. Putting on my professional headband, a few years I created an Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Primary Care Providers and was following the steps in it.
The Toolkit was created for primary care providers to use during emergencies/disasters, with an emphasis of meeting the needs of underserved and safety-net populations. The Patient Resources contain printable forms that can be used to prepare your family and I encourage you to download and print them off today.
You can download here.
The Toolkit is based upon the best practices of government agencies, non-profits and experiences in the field from healthcare providers and the patients who lived through emergencies. To learn more about the whole project, you can read here.