It’s that time of year again, when the temperatures drop and snow begins to fall. That means it’s time to make a winter weather plan.

As you know, our patients depend on us in both the pre-hospital and hospital settings. We are often faced with extreme cold and heavy snowfall. But the truth is illness and injury do not cease in bad weather. Because our community and patients depend on us, it is important that we as healthcare providers develop a personal winter weather plan to optimize our ability to arrive to our work locations safely.

If your organization uses an emergency notification system to send important messages to employees, make sure you are signed up to receive those messages. Many county emergency management agencies also host an emergency alert system. Find out how to ensure you receive those messages as well.

Develop an alternate child care plan in case your child’s school is closed.

You should also develop a on a Go-Kit for your car. Minimally, the kit should include the following:

  • Battery jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • An overnight kit consisting of a change of work clothes, sleeping clothes, a toothbrush, toothpaste and medication you may require

We value you and the work you do for your patients and your community. It is important that during severe weather, you make every safe effort to come to work. I hope this email helps you ready yourself for another Midwest winter.