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Strategies for Maintaining Utilities


St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach is committed to being there in an emergency.

  1. The hospital identifies an alternative means of providing electricity:

    Alternative means of meeting essential building utility needs such as power, medical gases, and water, ventilation, and fuel sources are coordinated in advance and tested through Facilities as part of the Utility Systems Management plan to provide, to the extent practicable, uninterrupted services. If necessary, external arrangements and contracts for essential services are coordinated through the HICS Logistics Section.

  2. The hospital identifies an alternative means of providing water needed for consumption and essential care activities:

    Alternative means of meeting essential building utility needs such as power, medical gases, and water, ventilation, and fuel sources are coordinated in advance and tested through Facilities as part of the Utility Systems Management Plan to provide, to the extent practicable, uninterrupted services. If necessary, external arrangements and contracts for essential services are coordinated through the HICS Logistics Section.

    Water needed for consumption and essential care activities have been calculated based on need and is stored on premises at the hospital. During emergencies the hospital will implement a conservation policy.

  3. The hospital identifies an alternative means of providing water needed for equipment and sanitary purposes

    Alternative means of meeting essential building utility needs such as power, medical gases, and water, ventilation, and fuel sources are coordinated in advance and tested through Facilities as part of the Utility Systems Management plan to provide, to the extent practicable, uninterrupted services. If necessary, external arrangements and contracts for essential services are coordinated through the HICS Logistics Section.

    Water needed for dialysis equipment, dishwashing, instrument washing, hand washing and other equipment and sanitary purposes, has been calculated based on need for an extended period of 96 hours and is stored on premises at the hospital. During emergencies the hospital will implement a conservation policy.

  4. The hospital identifies an alternative means of providing fuel required for building operations, generators, and essential transport services that the hospital would typically provide:

Alternative means of meeting essential building utility needs such as power, medical gases, and water, ventilation, and fuel sources are coordinated in advance and tested through Facilities as part of the Utility Systems Management plan to provide, to the extent practicable, uninterrupted services. If necessary, external arrangements and contracts for essential services are coordinated through the HICS Logistics Section.

Diesel Fuel required for operation of the emergency generators has been calculated and are stored on site at the hospital to support an extended period of 96 hours.

6. & 7. The hospital identifies an alternative means of providing other essential utility needs (ventilation, medical gas/vacuum systems, vertical and horizontal transport systems, heating and cooling systems, steam for sterilizers, etc.):

Alternative means of meeting essential building utility needs such as power, medical gases, and water, ventilation, steam, chilled and hot water and fuel sources are coordinated in advance and tested through the Facilities as part of the Utility Systems Management plan to provide, to the extent practicable, uninterrupted services. If necessary, external arrangements and contracts for essential services are coordinated through the HICS Logistics Section.