GREENWICH, Conn. Greenwich Hospital and the towns nursing center say they will be prepared for any emergency situations Hurricane Irene may present.
Weve basically done a check of our facility to make sure everything is water tight, said George Pawlush, spokesman for Greenwich Hospital. Were a hospital. We operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we have a full emergency plan in place to deal with any type of emergency and we practice this over the course of the year so were prepared for just about every eventuality.
Pawlush said the hospitals generator will enable it to operate for six days.
Allen Brown, executive director of Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home, said extra supplies, water and food have been ordered and that the home will have access to fuel deliveries in case power goes out. We have a generator, but when it kicks in, we dont have full power, so we have our usual distribution of flashlights, extension cords and things like that, said Brown. Were too off the water to worry about flooding, though with the rain theyre predicting we know were not entirely exempt.
Pawlush said that over the past few days hospital administrators have been trying to ensure the facility will have adequate staffing. Members of our senior team will be here over the weekend to manage any issue that does come about, he said.
At Nathaniel Witherell, however, staffing is the biggest concern. Right now were just trying to make calls in advance to rally up people to come in on Sunday, said Brown.
Pawlush and Brown said both facilities are in constant communication with the town of Greenwich and planned to meet with officials throughout the weekend in preparation for Sundays storm.
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