Coastal hospitals prepare supplies for Hurricane Matthew

With Hurricane Matthew scheduled to hit the East Coast later this week, Jacksonville, Fla.-based hospitals are readying supplies and reviewing emergency action plans, according to News4jax.

University of Florida Health Hospital held a preparatory meeting Tuesday afternoon to review a checklist of supplies for each department to ensure the hospital has everything it needs to treat patients before, during and after the category 4 hurricane. The meetings, which started two days ago, will continue until the storm no longer presents a threat, according to the report.

"Even 96 hours out, we are planning small groups where we are talking to different units and different departments looking at their needs, looking at supplies and looking at oxygen, making sure our generators have gas and assessing our campus," said Jennifer Silvey, emergency preparedness coordinator for UF Health.

As of Tuesday, the hospital had about 1,800 gallons of available water, enough to maintain 600 people for three days, the report said.

UF Health, along with nearby Memorial Hospital and Mayo Clinic, are designated as non-evacuation hospitals, meaning they will shelter patients at their facilities and ride out the storm. Mayo was constructed to withstand a category 5 hurricane and Memorial houses a majority of its patients above the first floor in case of flooding.


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