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Severe Weather and Disaster Information

Class scheduling information

For the latest class schedule changes, please call the Education Services hotline at 253-573-6020.

Update for Dec. 5, 2022

  • Epic classes will continue with virtual learning as planned.
  • FESC classes will proceed as planned.
  • Franciscan Medical Group (FMG) clinics will open at 9 a.m. FMG training will follow the same schedule.

Schedule update

  • Epic classes will be held by webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
  • FMG ambulatory orientation and clinics will be as planned on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
  • Education services at the FESC will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022

Storm safety: Tips and information

Plan ahead for winter weather

It's that time of year again. The days are growing shorter and the temperatures are dropping, which means it's only a matter of time before the arrival of winter. As some welcome the return of snow, others may be wondering what the coldest time of the year has in store for us. Well, a wet winter is still anticipated with plenty of snow in the mountains, but it might not total as much as last winter, and more breaks in the stormy pattern are projected. Still, there will be enough precipitation to lay down a healthy snowpack for ski resorts across the Pacific Northwest.

VMFH winter weather plan

  • During weather events, team members are expected to work their scheduled shifts.
  • The severe weather response plan can be implemented by the house supervisor or administrator on call. This plan includes communications with staff, coordination of staff housing, including meal tickets for food if needed, and assistance with transportation when resources are available.
  • Site-based leadership will make the declaration if the inclement weather policy for attendance will be implemented and communicate this through the facility.
  • Team members may request meal tickets, transportation assistance, and sleep space through their manager.
  • We have reviewed and renewed snow removal contracts.

What you can do now

Department responsibilities:

  • Check lighting supplies and ensure that you have adequate flashlights with working and spare batteries.
  • Encourage team members to prepare for winter conditions by developing their personal plans including transportation, child care, and communications.
  • Update emergency contact information in (x)Matters.
  • Review the process with your manager to request lodging and transportation if available.

Individual responsibilities:

  • Make a personal preparedness plan. Have a family plan that includes a communication process, alternate child care, and supplies for your family. You can find planning checklists at the Disaster Planning and Education portal and Take Winter by Storm.
  • Be prepared to come to work under difficult driving conditions. Make alternate transportation arrangements, check out the snow routes on public transit, or make sure you have appropriate equipment for your car.
  • Update your emergency contact information. Make sure you get the latest information about operations and road conditions. Log into (x)Matters, the employee emergency notification system and update your contact information.
  • Place and/or update a personal “go kit” in your car or create a smaller mobile kit to use when traveling away from home. This should include a change of clothing and personal care items. Learn more about what should be in a winter car kit.
  • Winterize your car. Place a sleeping bag, food, water, and a bag of kitty litter for traction in your car. Ensure you have traction devices if you intend to drive during difficult weather.
  • Have your car checked out, add antifreeze and review winter driving tips from the Department of Transportation.
  • If you utilize public transportation, sign up for alerts, and check out the snow routes. Be aware that you might need to use a different route or schedule.
  • Ensure that you have working flashlights and emergency supplies at home.

During and after a storm

  • Contact your manager if you need to stay on site, need food, or may need assistance with transportation.
  • Wear appropriate footwear—the sidewalks and roads are slippery.
  • Fill up your gas tank.
  • Use a non-electric alarm clock.
  • Plan for a difficult commute.
  • Check road closures prior to leaving the house.

Resources: Severe weather information and transportation information