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Blizzard of ’78: Community’s President & CEO, Jane Stankiewicz, making visits to patients’ homes

Thirty-five years ago our area was hit by an unprecedented storm. Mother Nature plans to celebrate this anniversary with another potentially historical weather event.

During the Blizzard of ’78 our fearless President and CEO, Jane Stankiewicz, braved the elements to see home care patients with the most urgent medical needs. That tradition continues today. Our top priority is and always will be the health and safety of our patients. Emergency measures are in place for our home care and hospice patients with the most urgent needs.

As the threat of another epic storm looms our nurses, home health aides, social workers, volunteers and therapist have reached out to our patients with some helpful hints to prepare for the blizzard conditions. We now share them with you.

  • Heed any evacuation warnings seriously
  • If you are elderly or live alone, make sure a neighbor or family member is available to check in on you throughout the duration of the storm
  • If you have a neighbor who is elderly or lives alone, please check in on them or invite them to stay with you through the duration of the storm
  • Blizzard of 2013: Community’s nurses are ready to care for our patients (L to R)Britta Means, Sandy Dompierre, Jane Stankiewicz, Linda Harrison O’Brien and Deb Osuch

    Put together an emergency kit with working flashlights, extra batteries, bottled water, battery operated radio, blankets and non-perishable food items

  • If you have a cell phone, laptop or tablet make sure it is fully charged in advance of the storm
  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled and up to date
  • Fill the gas tank of your car before the snow starts to fall
  • Think about visiting the bank so that you have cash on hand. Loss of power may affect the ability to withdraw cash from the bank
  • In anticipation of losing power and heat, have several layers of clothing and blankets ready to keep warm
  • In case of power loss, try to keep your fridge doors closed. To prepare, you should put the settings at its lowest temperatures. If you do that, your food should stay cold in the fridge for 24 hours and the freezer for 48 hours
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of any medically necessary items
  • If you have heart disease or chronic pain, try to find a neighbor or a good Samaritan to shovel for you
  • When the snow starts to fly, stay inside. Traveling in a blizzard is dangerous. Strong winds make for blinding conditions and snow drifts can hide potential dangers

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