Hurricane Preparedness

Electronic Medical Records

Any patient of Ochsner Health has an electronic medical record (EMR). All Ochsner medical records are stored electronically and accessible at any Ochsner location. If you are an Ochsner patient your records are safe. They are backed up electronically everyday and accessible by any Ochsner physician at any Ochsner health center or hospital location. You can also access your medical information through MyOchsner.

Virtual Visits

We make it easy to stay connected to quality care, wherever you are.

Ochsner Anywhere Care

Access 24/7 care online with Ochsner Anywhere Care virtual visits.

MyOchsner

See your providers online with MyOchsner virtual appointments for primary and specialty care. Use MyOchsner to schedule online, message your provider, view your test results and more.

Virtual Visits

Learn more about how to schedule virtual visits with your provider or get urgent care.

Need tips preparing yourself and your family?

Prepare Your Home

  • Trim overhanging branches and shrubs
  • Pre-cut 5/8-inch plywood for your windows if you do not have shutters
  • Show each family member how to turn off water, gas and electricity and discuss when it's appropriate to do so
  • Eliminate fire hazards and secure objects that could cause injury in your home during a disaster
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs
  • Prepare Disaster Supply Kit

In the event of a disaster, please check back for important updates and phone numbers that will help you plan for your medical care in the event of an evacuation or disaster.

Before The Storm

  • Contact local emergency management to gain a "risk assessment" of the area in which you live
  • Check to see if you have adequate flood insurance
  • Create a Disaster Plan
  • Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan
  • Select your own reliable transportation
  • Arrange to stay with others in an area not at risk
  • Make arrangements in advance for pets. They are not allowed in shelters.
  • Select a place to meet family if you are separated and cannot return home
  • Select a place out-of-state to leave messages for separated family members
  • Post emergency numbers by telephones
  • If you evacuate leave a note telling others when you left and where to reach you

Patient Guidance

Cancer patients: Our oncology team is here for you to make sure that you have the resources you need to get medical care wherever you are. The Oncology Patient Evacuation Guide helps you organize your information and plan your next steps in the event of an evacuation. Be sure you have adequate refills of all your important medications on hand (at least two weeks' worth if possible). If you cannot obtain the refills before an evacuation, make sure you investigate what pharmacies are near your evacuation destination and communicate that to your provider as soon as possible.

Patients who are oxygen and/or medication-dependent: Whether you evacuate or not, please ensure you have adequate supplies of medications/oxygen to last up to seven days, in the event a storm causes a loss of services.

Dialysis-dependent patients: In the event of a storm, please reach out to your dialysis center and ask for a copy of your dialysis orders. This will assist you with getting dialyzed at a location away from where you usually get it done, either another local facility or if you evacuate outside the area.

Patients who use a ventilator or medical device: If you or a household member are dependent on electricity for medical devices to function properly, please ensure you have a supply of appropriate batteries and/or access to an alternative location with generator power.

PICC line/chronic antibiotics patients: In preparation for potential weather events, please speak to your doctor about additional supplies or medications if you have a PICC line in place and receive chronic antibiotic therapy.

Patients with a LVAD (left-ventricular assisted device): If you have a Left Ventricular Assisted Device or LVAD, please take proper precautions to ensure your safety. If you intend to evacuate the area, speak with your doctor for a list of areas that have LVAD centers available as most hospitals are not appropriately equipped to manage them. If you do not intend to evacuate and are in the New Orleans area, please try to shelter around Ochsner Medical Center, as we are equipped to handle LVAD emergencies.

How Ochsner is Prepared

Ochsner Health has an all hazards approach to responding to hurricanes and any emergency situation. Our leaders and staff participate in monthly drills and work year round to create solid emergency response plans. Ochsner conducts a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, which is a yearly survey with key departments. At Ochsner Health, you can have peace of mind that we are prepared.

Environment

Access to utilities, water, food and protection – including local police representatives on site.

Supplies

General stock of supplies and emergency supplementation. Agreements with vendors for supplies.

Support

Location of an Incident Command Center.
Working with government officials across the parishes and state.

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