Sentara hospitals are not public shelters
. Please do not come to a Sentara hospital during a hurricane unless you are injured or sick and need emergency care. Every city and county in the region has an Emergency Services or Emergency Management department that operates public shelters during hurricanes. Contact them directly for shelter, evacuation and preparedness information in your area. Norfolk
- 441-5600 Virginia Beach
- 385-4228 (Click residents then emergency prep.) Portsmouth
- 393-8338 (Click emergency preparedness.)Chesapeake
- 382-6464 Hampton
- 727-6414 (Click public safety.)Newport News
- 269-2900 Suffolk
- 923-2110 James City Co
. - 566-4315 (Click public safety.)York County
890-3600 (Click fire & life safety.)Williamsburg
220-6220 (Click emergency preparedness.)Related Links:Commonwealth of Virginia Federal Emergency Management Agency National Red Cross National Weather Service at Wakefield, VA
. Sentara hospitals can support only in-patient ventilators
. Our hospitals may be on limited emergency power during a hurricane. They are unable to accommodate citizens on home-based ventilators or other medical equipment. Such persons should take precautions well before a hurricane by purchasing a generator for their home, arranging with a neighbor to tap their generator or evacuating to inland accommodations where there is power. They can also contact Dominion Virginia Power to register as an Electrically Dependent customer. However, this may not result in quicker restoration of service during widespread outages after a storm. Go to www.dom.com to download a medical certification form. It must be signed by your physician and updated annually. Or, call 888-667-3000 to request a form. Sentara hospitals cannot perform outpatient dialysis.
Kidney dialysis patients should make dietary and treatment arrangements before a hurricane in the event of widespread power outages. National Kidney Foundation standards for dialysis centers require emergency plans for unexpected patients and for performing dialysis during power outages. www.kidney.org. 800-622-9010. Surgeries and cancer treatments may be rescheduled.
Hospital staff may contact scheduled patients in the hours before a hurricane to postpone outpatient procedures, chemotherapy and radiation treatments until after the storm. Many of our hospitals will be on limited emergency power, and it will be unsafe to drive. Hospital visitation suspended during hurricanes
. Our facilities will be locked down during a hurricane for safety and security. While you may call a loved one in the hospital as long as telephones are working, please do not attempt to visit until the lockdown is lifted after the storm. Sentara parking lots are not for public vehicle storage
. Sentara parking facilities are for staff camping in hospitals and working during hurricanes. Please do not use our parking lots to protect your vehicle from flooding. Before a hurricane If you stay
- Be prepared to be on your own for at least 36 hours. This means no police, no fire department, no rescue squad and no power.
- Refill prescriptions. Have enough on hand for at least a week. Plastic pill minders make it easier to manage medications in rough, unfamiliar conditions.
- Put important personal documents in zip bags or airtight containers.
- Review insurance policies.
- Photograph your property and document your possessions.
- Have an extra pair of eyeglasses, or a drug store pair, just in case yours break.
- Fill up the car well before the storm. Gas stations may be dry or without power after a storm.
- Have a gallon of water per day, per person on hand.
- Have non-perishable, easy-to-eat foods on hand, such as energy bars, boxed juices and canned soup.
- Have a camp stove and gas bottles for heating water and canned food.
- Have cash on hand. ATMs might not work for days after a storm.
- Have mosquito repellant. With no power, windows will have to be open. If you evacuate or use a local shelter
- Leave early. The roads will be crowded.
- Take the above-mentioned medications, documents, personal items, food and water.
- Take one or two changes of clothing per person. Dont overpack.
- Take some cash.
- Take some quiet games and books to keep kids occupied.
- Make sure your pets are safe in a kennel or with you. Public shelters will not allow pets. Motels and hotels that accept pets often charge extra for them. Do not leave pets unattended at home.
Avoid injuries after hurricanes. Emergency rooms often fill up after hurricanes with injuries sustained during cleanup. Eye injuries, cuts, back sprains, falls from heights and even electrocutions occur. Wear eye protection, heavy gloves, long pants and work boots when removing foliage and debris. Observe safety practices for chain saws. Avoid fallen power lines. Be extra careful on ladders and roofs to avoid falls.