WE’VE BEEN HERE, WE’LL BE HERE
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
“Plans are useless, but planning is essential.”- Dwight D. Eisenhower
With hurricane season upon us, Discovery Senior Living residents and their loved ones can rest assured our communities are prepared to weather any storm that may arise. Our 30 years of experience managing communities across the country means you can rely on us from the beginning of a hurricane and beyond.
Residents’ safety is our top concern and we ensure this by having strong hurricane preparedness plans in place to cover evacuations, transportation, meals, medications, safety checks, security, timely updates, restoration of services, resources and more.
We’ve been here, we’ll be here. We’ve got you covered in the event of a hurricane. Visit our website to learn more about our hurricane preparedness plan.
Planning plays a major part of our actions taken before the onset of any major emergency event. These are just a few of the steps we take to stay alert and ahead:
When we find ourselves in the middle of an emergency event, there are a number of key elements and team members that must assume dutiful roles to ensure the safety and security of our residents and community. These are just a few of the steps we take to enact our planning procedures and manage an active emergency event:
After an emergency event, our focus remains on the safety and wellbeing of our residents and team members. This means that we take appropriate action to evaluate the condition of our communities, track and monitor all of our residents’ current needs and placements, and determine the proper next steps as directed by local and regional authorities.
Communication is essential to ensure timely and possibly life-saving information to those who need to react and or respond in the event of an emergency or disaster. At Discovery Senior Living we make every attempt to put in place redundant communication systems and personnel, so that in the event that one goes offline, another team member or system is there to pick up that line of communication.
The following are triggered and managed by the Support Team to assist communities. This information can be shared with team members, family members and interested parties:
Residents and team members remain in the community during the event – examples include tornado, hurricane, snowstorm/cold weather event, or power outage in the region, but not evacuating the building or area. Shelter in place may change depending upon circumstances of the event and/or under the direction of local authorities.
It is Discovery Senior Living’s policy to have an evacuation plan in place should any type of emergency event occur that would require the evacuation of residents and team members. Additionally, each community has an evacuation plan in place with a pre-determined safe holding area(s) for residents should it be determined that a full evacuation from the community is necessary. The two types of evacuations are planned and immediate.
Temporary evacuation means residents and team members temporarily leave the building during the event but return once “all clear” has been given by the proper authorities. The Director of Health and Wellness verifies all residents have their required medications with them.
A team of DSL senior leadership and executives has been created to monitor hurricane activity throughout the annual hurricane season, which occurs June 1 until November 30. All members of the team are charged with frequent monitoring of hurricane activity in addition to local community leadership team members.
All communities, under the direction of the executive director and emergency management coordinator, will have an approved plan of emergency action for a hurricane.
The team at Discovery is truly concerned with doing good work, and we know that the only way to do good work is to keep doing it, to keep reinventing, and to keep developing it. Simply put, our plan is to keep planning. Our team members commit to countless hours of preparation. In the event of any emergency, our dedicated team members immediately go to work implementing procedures that they have been prepared for, trained to follow and execute.
*DSL makes every attempt in our planning and procedures to anticipate, plan and prepare for any and all events that could possibly impact our residents and team members. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but merely a representation of major events we have experienced and fall into our disaster preparedness plans.
**Every state our company operates within has a set of regulations that outline the standards that senior living communities must follow. Included in these regulations are specific requirements for handling emergency situations. Some states provide greater detail than others. It is the expectation of our company that each Executive Director and Administrator are familiar with and ensures compliance to all aspects of state regulations in the state. Regarding hurricane preparedness, any specific state requirements are thoroughly reviewed and executed as needed with support and guidance from Regional Operating Leaders and the support center.