Spellman says it’s important to be vigilant.
“Pay close attention to what is going on, both internally and externally,” he said. “When it comes to hurricane season, which runs June 1 through Nov. 30, it is important to pay attention to all weather reports. Alternatively, in extreme cases like responding to an active shooter, always be conscious of your surroundings.”
It is also important to review the UF Health Shands system emergency preparedness guide and plans, which can be found in a red trifold binder that is wall-mounted in each patient care unit for easy access. Response plans can also be found on the Bridge by searching for a specific emergency response or “Emergency Operations” in the search function. Familiarizing yourself with the guide — as well as where it is — will play a big part in how you respond to future emergency situations.
It is critical to understand policies and procedures surrounding our emergency response guidelines and where those guidelines are located.
Also understand your department or unit’s emergency response role and plan. Talk with your leader if you are unsure what your team’s role and response would be in an emergency.
Spellman said if there’s one takeaway from emergency response, it can be boiled down to the phrase “Be prepared!”
Upcoming News+Notes, Shands News and other internal communications tools will provide more information about emergency preparedness, workplace safety and violence prevention. Stay tuned.