HCA North Florida hospitals and providers stand united in serving existing patients and others who will potentially be affected by Hurricane Irma. As your community health system, we remain committed to your health and wellness, without exception. Family, friends, neighbors and colleagues are all working together to rise above this adversity.
In addition, we greatly benefit from the resources and experience of our parent organization, HCA Healthcare, in preparing for and reacting to hurricanes. HCA is managing substantial preemptive efforts including patient transfers from various system hospitals and evacuations or closures of other facilities as needed.
Through Emergency Operations Centers in Nashville and throughout the state of Florida, HCA will provide daily support and resources for our facilities before, during and after the storm. This includes equipment, food, staffing support and facilitation of supply and transportation routes to and from affected areas.
Please refer to the content below and links to additional resources in planning for the days ahead.
Emergency information for special health conditions
Information and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Diabetes Association (ADA) for what to do during emergency situations are available below, if you are:
- Diabetic (ADA)
- Disabled (CDC)
- Undergoing dialysis treatment (CDC)
- Pregnant or have a newborn (CDC)
- Someone with a blood disorder (CDC)
Key local/regional resources
- Florida 511. Get real-time traffic information and evacuation routes
- GasBuddy. Locate gas stations nearby with available fuel
- Google Maps. See road closures due to Irma, updated in real-time
- WiFi hotspots. Find a free Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot (available for customers and non-customers)
- Hotels. Check Expedia to book hotel accommodations
- Get up-to-date information about air travel from area airports:
- CDC flood safety tips. Find out how to avoid dangers presented by flood waters
- DisasterAssistance.gov. Apply for assistance from FEMA
What to consider after a hurricane
The following link from the CDC is a good resource going forward in the days and weeks following Hurricane Irma.
Safety tips for hurricane clean-up
Once you return home, be sure to put safety first. Follow these guidelines:
- Stay away from loose or dangling power lines.
- Avoid drinking or using tap water until you are sure it has not been contaminated.
- Don't eat food from your refrigerator if its temperature has risen above 40° F for two hours or longer.
- Stay out of any building that is surrounded with water.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Be on the lookout for loose tree branches, parts of buildings or other types of debris when you are outside.
- Drive only when absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.