Last week the East Coast was blasted with Grayson, a “bomb cyclone” smothering us with heavy snow and winds setting multiple records.
If you’ve watched the news or opened Facebook, you’ve probably heard about the “Bomb Cyclone” that’s blasting the East Coast. But what exactly is a bomb cyclone and how can you prepare for it?
First off, the intimidating name doesn’t actually refer to the storm itself. The storm has been named Grayson. Instead, bomb cyclone, refers to the occurrence of events as the weather unfolds. The formal term for this is bombogenesis and refers to winds rotating the same direction as Earth in a region where the pressure of the atmosphere is lower than sea level. Essentially, this causes the winds to form a cyclone in the center of the region and the moisture causes precipitation. The lower the pressure drops within a cyclone, the more extreme of a storm occurs.
Considering it’s unseasonably cold in most of the region and Grayson’s pressure has dropped even further than needed to confirm his bomb status, it’s important to be prepared. This explosion of a storm is happening in areas where snow accumulation and chilly temperatures are less usual which means limiting your exposure to the storm is your best option.
Unfortunately we haven’t figured out how to control the weather, but GreyMar promises to have your back when a natural disaster strikes. Hospitals, assisted living facilities, and more can keep their patients safe with the following tips.
In areas where winter road prepping isn’t common, deliveries could be postponed for days due to road conditions. Staff should stock up on surgical supplies, medication, food, and anything else critical to get through the day. Some facilities make arrangements at local hotels so staff can commute safely. This ensures enough staff on hand.
By postponing any voluntary surgeries, rescheduling discharges, and encouraging late term pregnant patients to come in earlier for surprise deliveries, facilities can take the steps to limit any risks.
After 14 nursing home residents died in outages during hurricane season, facilities everywhere have been upping their preparedness. Precautions to consider are: checking on emergency equipment, food, and water, have plenty of generators ready, ensure the heat system is operable, have extra blankets on hand, and plan for an evacuation if necessary.
Another worry to consider is backing up your MARs and TARs. We can’t change the weather, but you can trust GreyMar’s backup system to keep updated MAR’s and TAR’s stored on our cloud. You could have no generator, no power, and no internet and you’d still have a fully functional GreyMar cart from which you can print your PointClickCare MAR’s and TAR’s.
To make sure you’re covering all your bases, make a checklist of what you need to do. Stay updated on if Grayson’s path with collide with your’s with your local forecast. You can visit greymar.io for more information on our disaster recovery service specifically designed for EHR.