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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance. This has been a continuing concern as a result of situations that developed during the October Storm in 2006 and it was compounded by the multiple names have been used to denote a shelter that has a higher level of clinical capabilities.

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overview of wny sps operational guidance

Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance

This has been a continuing concern as a result of situations that developed during the October Storm in 2006 and it was compounded by the multiple names have been used to denote a shelter that has a higher level of clinical capabilities.

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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • Decision was made to go back to square one and take a fresh look.
  • The WNY Guidance Document is directly influenced by information obtained from multiple sources in Florida including the Florida Department of Health, and the LHD’s in Pasco, Broward, and Lake Counties.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • In addition to the information already shared, we have access to documentation including:
    • -equipment lists;
    • census forms;
    • JAS;
    • a level of care matrix;
    • SOG’s for nursing care.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • From the onset of developing the document the intent of the group was to create a collaborative environment where the needed level of services would be provided within the existing structure of a general population shelter and NOT in a stand-alone setting.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • KEY POINTS
  • The ______County Department of Health will oversee the operation of the Special Population Shelter program, co-located with an American Red Cross ____Chapter shelter, and provide staff to address the medical needs of the applicable shelter population. There may be up to (insert your appropriate number here) Special Population Shelters staged throughout the county.
  • Pre-need identification for a Special Population Shelter is open throughout the year, and while not required, is strongly encouraged to ensure that the shelter will be adequately prepared to meet your needs.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • If you have a medical condition that requires a greater level of care than that provided at a Mass Care shelter, but you do not require hospitalization, a Special Population Shelter may be appropriate for you. These shelters offer basic medical assistance and monitoring. They are staffed by qualified medical personnel associated with the ____ County Department of Health and have back-up electricity for limited lighting and essential medical equipment. Family members and caregivers should accompany residents with special medical needs.
  • All residents seeking shelter in a Special Population Shelter will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the best placement for their needs.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • Special Population Shelters ARE appropriate for:
  • Individuals with minor health/medical conditions that require professional observation, assessment, and maintenance;
  • Individuals that require assistance with personal care and/or assistance with medications but do not require hospitalization (e.g. patients on peritoneal dialysis who can bring their own supplies);
  • Individuals who need medications and/or vital sign readings and are unable to do so without professional assistance. 
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • Special Population Shelters ARE NOT appropriate for:
  • Hemo-dialysis patients;
  • Patients requiring a ventilator;
  • Patients requiring isolation;
  • Persons suffering from acute infection or infestation;
  • Persons having an immediate medical or emergency condition;
  • Bedridden or total care patients.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • Family members and/or a caregiver should accompany you to the Special Population Shelter. You must bring with you:
  • medical support equipment, such as wheelchair, walker, nebulizer, etc. (these items should be labeled with owner information);
  • a two-week supply of the medical supplies you will need (dressings, prescription and non-prescription medications in the original prescription bottles, syringes, sterile swabs, adult diapers, etc.);
  • any special foods you require (only regular meals will be provided);
  • service animal supplies, including bedding, at least a three-day supply of food, water, plastic bags, collar with ID tag and vaccination records (household / non-service pets cannot be accommodated at the Special Population Shelter, but may be/can be accommodated at ______);
  • your driver's license or other photo identification.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • A Red Cross shelter is a place of refuge for residents and visitors whose homes or hotels are in the evacuation zone or are deemed unsafe.
  • A shelter will not provide the comforts of a hotel or motel;
  • The shelter is not a medical shelter; only basic first aid will be available;
  • The Red Cross does not accept responsibility for storing valuable personal property;
  • Parents are required to be in control of their children at all times;
  • Evacuees needing medical assistance of personal attendants can not be left unattended;
  • Shelters may be equipped with generators and may or may not be air-conditioned or heated. If electrical power is interrupted, portable generators will not be able to keep air conditioners running.
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • RELATED RESOURCES
  • www.____ (insert county here).gov
  • www.(insert ARC Chapter here)redcross.org
  • www.ready.gov
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Overview of WNY SPS Operational Guidance
  • The intent in writing this document was to create a basic platform for operating a SPS. This is the starting point, but it is by no means the perfect final answer. In the same way that the NYS Mass Fatality Guidance has the baseline requirements for multiple agencies, these can be built upon to meet the needs of your community.