That is why people ahead of time and prepared. Hurricanes are not surprises and do not last for days. Blizzards also do not last for days, although bad weather does. I can't say enough about facilities having disaster plans. We always had one and everyone knew where they were supposed to be and when, and never during the hurricane. Anyways, I found this:
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The purpose of OSHA is to assure "every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions" (29 U.S.C. section 651(b)). This applies to all employment performed in any workplace within the United States as long as the employer has one or more employees (29 U.S.C. section 653). When it comes to natural disasters, consider the following under OSHA:
â€¢ Employers are responsible to protect employees from unreasonable danger in the workplace, which includes an imminent "natural phenomenon" that will threaten employee safety and health.
â€¢ Hurricanes and other disasters present obvious safety concerns that employers need to consider when asking employees to come into work during adverse weather, including vehicle accidents, slips and falls, flying objects, electrical hazards from downed power lines, exhaustion from working extended shifts and dehydration.
â€¢ An employee that reasonably believes he/she has been put in imminent danger because of being forced to go to work during a hurricane may file a complaint with OSHA against the employer and then ask for whistleblower protection.
â€¢ OSHA has issued fact sheets, in both English and Spanish, setting out issues and hazards relating to recovery and cleanup efforts following hurricanes or other disasters.
Regardless of the differing opions, I think this is a discussion that is needed and every new health care provider should be aware of their employer's expectations and what the laws are so they can make informed decisions. Just as the flight attendant tells you to put your mask on first, and then help others, so the nurse should keep themself safe and then show up as soon as possible to help others.