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Hurricane Preparedness

Updated Wednesday, October 31st at 2:00 p.m.

Power has been restored to The Fern Hill Medical Office Building.

At this time, Laboratory Services and Outpatient Radiology are open for business. The Center for Cardiopulmonary Health and Rehabilitation, The Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, The Occupational Health Center and The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center will resume full business operations on November 1st.

All other satellite locations have resumed full business hours and operations.

The Chester County Hospital and Health System is grateful for your support, cooperation and patience in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


Updated Wednesday, October 31st at 12:30 p.m.

Power has been restored to The Fern Hill Medical Office Building.

At this time, Laboratory Services and Outpatient Radiology are open for business.
The Hospital Administration is working with affected physician practices and our other Hospital service directors to determine exactly when further operations can be open for business.

All other satellite locations have power and have resumed full business hours and operations.


Updated Wednesday, October 31st at 11:00 a.m.

Power has been restored to The Fern Hill Medical Office Building.

At this time, the Hospital Administration is working with affected physician practices and Hospital service directors to determine exactly when operations can be open for business. The Hospital's HEICS Committee will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. Further updates can be expected at that time.

In the mean time, patients needing Laboratory services found at our Fern Hill Campus can receive non-urgent lab work at our Hospital's other outpatient facilities:

Commons at Oaklands : 700 W. Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA, 19341
Kennett Square Medical Office Building : 400 McFarlan Rd., Suite 301, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Jennersville Professional Building in West Grove : 105 Vineyard Way, Suite 200, West Grove, PA 19390
We appreciate everyone's understanding, cooperation and patience with this matter.

All other satellite locations have power and have resumed full business hours and operations.


Updated Wednesday, October 31 @ 6:30 am

The Fern Hill Medical Office Building is still without power.

Patients needing Laboratory services found at our Fern Hill Campus can receive non-urgent lab work at our Hospital's other outpatient facilities:

  • Commons at Oaklands : 700 W. Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA, 19341
  • Kennett Square Medical Office Building : 400 McFarlan Rd., Suite 301, Kennett Square, PA 19348
  • Jennersville Professional Building in West Grove : 105 Vineyard Way, Suite 200, West Grove, PA 19390

We appreciate everyone's understanding, cooperation and patience with this matter.

All other satellite locations have power and have resumed full business hours and operations.


Posted Wednesday, October 31 @ 10 am

Hurricane Sandy has passed through our area. More than 430,000 PECO customers have already had their electricity restored, but there as of 4am Wednesday, there are still 420,000 customers without service (specifically 30,000 in Chester County).

Here is some useful information to help deal with the aftermath of the storm when beginning cleanup and locating shelters:

After the Hurricane (from Ready.gov)

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside of your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building, or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. DO NOT use candles. Note: the flashlight should be turned on outside before entering - the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

Shelters

  • Avon Grove High School, 257. E. State Road, West Grove 19390
  • Lionville Middle School, 550 W. Uwchlan Avenue, Exton 19341
  • West Chester University, 700 S. High Street, West Chester 19383

Shelter Information
Emergency shelters will provide basic meals and cots for sleeping.

  • Bedding
  • Special dietary foods or snacks
  • Extra clothing
  • Medications
  • Personal care items
  • Diapers and infant care items

For more information on shelters, visit www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter.


Posted Monday, October 29 @ 8:00 am

With the strong potential of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and other disasters that may occur, below are some helpful guidelines, checklists, and websites for proactive home emergency preparedness:

  • Water- one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation, extra water for pets
  • Food- at least a three-day supply of non-perishable good
  • Batteries- for flashlights, kids games, radios, etc
  • Flashlights- with extra batteries
  • Battery- powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Can Opener- for food
  • Medications- for all members of the family and pets
  • Reading Glasses
  • Infant Formula and diapers
  • Pet Food
  • Money- cash or travelers checks and change
  • Gas- vehicles need to contain a full tank of gas or diesel, enough fuel for generators
  • Local maps- for detours or evacuations
  • Matches- in a waterproof container
  • Phone Lists- have emergency phone lists at an easily accessible location, physicians, family, co-workers, etc.
  • Cell phones- should be fully charged, chargers and solar chargers available
  • Emergency shelters- know where your emergency shelters and evacuation sites are located (schools, churches, government buildings, etc)
  • Documents- copies of insurance polices, identification and bank account numbers, etc
  • Fire extinguishers

Additional Items to consider:

  • Emergency reference materials such as first aid book (http://www.ready.gov)
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Candles in sturdy candle holders
  • Paper and Pen/Pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach as a disinfectant
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets

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Last Updated: 10/31/2012