Nurse

PICU

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

NICU

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Surgical Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Emergency Department

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be moved to ED 1-10
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

4S Med Surg

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

5S Med Surg

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Hematology Oncology

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Outpatient

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for PFS notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Patient Flow Supervisor

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness via personal communication device
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
  • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
  • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Specialty Nurses

Code TORNADO

Specialty Nursing Includes But Is Not Limited To: Clinical Nurse Educators, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nursing Advancement, IV Therapy Nurses, Nursing Informatics

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Critical Care Transport

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (nurses are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Respiratory

PICU

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

NICU

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Surgical Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Emergency Department

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

4S Med Surg

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

5S Med Surg

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Hematology Oncology

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Outpatient

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Critical Care Transport

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (RT's are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Physician

PICU

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

NICU

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Emergency Department

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

General Pediatrics

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Hospitalists

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Surgical Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Anesthesiology

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Hematology Oncology

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

All Other Physicians

Code TORNADO

All Other Physicians Including But Not Limited To: Orthopedics, Diagnostic Referral, Pathology, Primary Care, Developmental Medicine, Genetics, Immunology, Behavioral Health, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Weight Management, Rehabilitation, Otolaryngology, Transition Team, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Urology

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

The Logistics Center

Emergency Logistic Technician

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

The Clinical Logistics Center:

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Send notification via personal communication devices to heighten awareness
    • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

    Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

    The Logistics Center:

    • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
      • Send notification via personal communication devices to heighten awareness

      Clinical Response:

      • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
      • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
      • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
        • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
      • Non-ambulatory patients:
        • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
        • Cover with blankets
        • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
      • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
      • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
      • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

      Non-clinical Associate Response:

      • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
        • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
        • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
      • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
      • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

      Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
      Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

      Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
      Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

      • Signs of Approaching Storm:
        • A dark or green colored sky
        • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
        • Large hail
        • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
        • Sighting a funnel cloud:
          • Take shelter immediately
          • Seeking shelter
            • At home - avoid windows
            • Safest place is the interior part of basement
            • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
            • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
            • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
            • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
            • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Security Command Center Dispatch

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness via personal communcation device
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies Environmental Services (EVS) and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage within hospital, “Tornado Watch”
    • Email to all associates to heighten awareness, stay inside

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies hospital with “Code Tornado” overhead announcement.
  • Notifies EVS and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building if not already done.
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage. “Tornado Warning”
    • Email to all associates to begin necessary precautions, find shelter

Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Security

Security Supervisor

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies Environmental Services (EVS) and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage within hospital, “Tornado Watch”
    • Email to all associates to heighten awareness, stay inside

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies hospital with “Code Tornado” overhead announcement.
  • Notifies EVS and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building if not already done.
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage. “Tornado Warning”
    • Email to all associates to begin necessary precautions, find shelter

Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Administration

Incident Command Executives

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness via personal communication device
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies Environmental Services (EVS) and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage within hospital, “Tornado Watch”
    • Email to all associates to heighten awareness, stay inside

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies hospital with “Code Tornado” overhead announcement.
  • Notifies EVS and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building if not already done.
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage. “Tornado Warning”
    • Email to all associates to begin necessary precautions, find shelter

Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

All Other Associates

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies Environmental Services (EVS) and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage within hospital, “Tornado Watch”
    • Email to all associates to heighten awareness, stay inside

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

The Logistics Center (Security Command Dispatch):

  • Notifies Patient Flow Supervisor
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
    • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
    • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Notifies hospital with “Code Tornado” overhead announcement.
  • Notifies EVS and Facilities Engineering to begin securing the exterior of building if not already done.
  • Notifies MarCom representative on-call
    • Deploys flashing digital signage. “Tornado Warning”
    • Email to all associates to begin necessary precautions, find shelter

Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Clerk

Clerk/Aides

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (clerk/aides are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Social Work

Social Worker

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Rehab and Therapy Services

Rehab and Therapy Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.
  • All Outpatients should move to an internal room such as the Sensory Integration Room until the all clear is provided
  • Inpatients should return to their rooms if safe to do so
  • Associates who are not overseeing patients should report with non-clinical associates to the labor pool for possible reallocation and assistance with moving patients and families

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Facilities

Facilities Engineering

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Clinical Lab

Clinical Lab

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Blood Bank

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Information Systems

Information Systems

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Radiology

X-Ray

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

MRI

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

CT

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Interventional

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification via)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Ultrasound

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Health Information Management

Health Information Management

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Human Resource

Human Resources

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Environmental Services

Environmental Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • EVS will be contacted by The Logistics Center to begin securing building
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Materials Management

Materials Management

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Critical Care Transport

Critical Care Transport

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care teams to heighten awareness
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
  • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis

Clinical Response:

  • Assess patient care units for safety issues
  • Validate patient census: ambulatory and non ambulatory status
  • Review response if “Watch” becomes a “Warning”

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends text message notification to Disaster Alert Team Distribution List
  • Patient Flow Supervisor notifies administrator on-call on a time available basis
  • Clinical Response:

  • Patients should be positioned in the safest possible place in accordance with their condition and unit
  • Shades to be closed in occupied patient rooms
  • Ambulatory patients and patient(s) in wheelchairs:
    • move to an interior location as determined by unit leadership
  • Non-ambulatory patients:
    • Place in a flat position, as tolerated
    • Cover with blankets
    • Turn bed so headboard is between patient and any window
  • Remain with your vent dependent patients and patients receiving continuous infusions for life support.
  • Secure yourself in bathrooms or interior hallways
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Child Life

Child Life

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

Marketing and Public Relations

Marketing and Public Relations

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado

All Other Associates

All Other Associates

Code TORNADO

Definitions:
Tornado WATCH (tornado possible): Possibility of a tornado due to weather conditions predisposing to an actual event
Tornado WARNING (tornado probable): Actual visualization of a current activity or increased risk of an actual event

Tornado Watch (tornado possible):

  • No overhead announcement made
  • Associates and families should practice a heightened awareness of weather situation while traveling

Tornado Warning (tornado probable):

  • Overhead announcement of Code Tornado
  • Patient Flow Supervisor sends notification to patient care team to begin preparations to secure/move patients (associates are empowered to act. Every minute counts. Do Not wait for Patient Flow Supervisor notification)
  • Non-clinical Associate Response:

  • Should report to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
    • The PFS or designee will coordinate with clinical units to distribute non-clinical associates as needed.
    • Associates assigned to clinical units will remain in the clinical units until released by designated unit leadership.
  • Once released by the unit leadership, non-clinical associates should return to the labor pool in the Imaging Commons on the ground floor.
  • If no time for evacuation from immediate areas, all associates should seek shelter under desks or in an interior room.

Code Tornado “All Clear” will be stated overhead once the “Tornado Warning” has expired for the area.
Departments should report any damage within their locations immediately to Security by calling 57-5555.

Additional information from The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Key to surviving a tornado - Planning, Preparing, and Practicing what you and your family can do if one strikes

  • Signs of Approaching Storm:
    • A dark or green colored sky
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud coverage
    • Large hail
    • A large roar that sounds like a freight train
    • Sighting a funnel cloud:
      • Take shelter immediately
      • Seeking shelter
        • At home - avoid windows
        • Safest place is the interior part of basement
        • If no basement: go to inside room, bathroom, or closet
        • Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table, cover your body with blankets, protect your head
        • When on the road, do NOT try to outrun a tornado
        • Stop the car. Do not get under the car. Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert and shield your head with your hands
        • Avoid long-span buildings such as a shopping malls, theaters or gymnasiums, because the roof structure is usually supported solely by outside walls that cannot withstand the enormous pressure of a tornado