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Severe Weather Emergency

One hot day, Evie was glad to go to work in the air-conditioned nursing home. Also, it looked like it was going to storm, so she was glad to be inside.

After checking in at the nurse’s station on the second floor, Evie heard the emergency siren outside. Immediately there was an announcement over the intercom. Everyone was told to follow emergency weather procedures. Evie started going to each of the rooms in her section. Many residents were confused. Some were arguing. But Evie needed to get everyone to the shelter area in the middle of the floor. The shelter area was a room without windows behind the nurse’s station.

It was necessary to work quickly, but Evie still had to make sure patients were moving safely. Some residents who could walk without assistance helped push wheelchairs. Others encouraged each other. One confused resident started crying and wouldn’t move. Evie calmed her down and promised cookies if she would go down the hall.

Within minutes, Evie’s residents were in the shelter. The emergency cookies were passed around. Finally, everyone heard the all-clear signal. The staff helped everyone back to what they were doing. The emergency was over.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners