I work at Virginia Beach General, normally weekend shift. They are telling me to pack a bag, be prepared to be in the hospital by early Saturday, and be prepared to stay until at least Monday morning. They are providing child care to people who absolutely have no other options. Everyone scheduled is required to be at work, and if you are scheduled to be in right when the hurricane is full force, then plan to come to work early. They are locking all doors and putting up security except the front ED entrance, as we are not a shelter. They are providing us with places to sleep, and it seems that if you are mandated to stay due to your schedule, you will get paid on call pay. I guess having to stay at the hospital is safer than trying to stay home for me.
Unfortunately, my home is right on the water on the Chesapeake Bay, so I am concerned we will get flooded out, and when I get back to my house Monday night, it will be a disaster. My BF wants to rough it out, but we will probably flood, so I think he is coming to his senses and will be staying with my Dad in Williamsburg.
Regardless, Norfolk and VA Beach are boarding up windows and buying out generators, bottled water, flashlights, canned food and batteries left and right. Hoping we don't have any serious injuries. I know my unit plans to be completely full in regards to pt census.