Michigan Medicine Severe Weather Preparedness

December 3, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Michigan has officially seen its first snowfall, and with it comes a reminder to plan ahead during the winter months.

This winter, all staff are reminded to review the organization’s Severe Weather Plan. The plan helps to ensure the safety of all patients, staff and visitors by preparing ahead of time.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Follow weather reports and alerts.
  • Speak with your supervisor ahead of time to review if you have department-specific policies in place.
  • Plan extra time to get to work on snowy or icy days.
  • Consider alternatives for child care in the case of daycare/school closures.

Because of the organization’s commitment to providing exceptional patient care, all U-M Health System and Shared Services personnel are considered critical employees and are expected to report to work during regularly scheduled shifts in the event the university declares an emergency reduction in operations. U-M Medical School non-critical activities will follow the campus reduction in operations plan.

Those employees working remotely will continue to work from home and are not to come into the office unless directed to do so by your supervisor.

Every reasonable effort to report for work as scheduled should be made if operations are being maintained in the employee’s department. If reasonable attempts to do so fail, employees should notify their supervisors of their inability to report to work and of the conditions which prevent them from doing so.

In the case of severe weather, supervisors and department heads should ensure staff and patient safety by taking the following steps:

  • Assess staffing needs for critical staff and set priorities.
  • Contact staff scheduled for subsequent shifts to determine whether they are capable of reporting to work.
  • Do not send staff home until their replacement has arrived.
  • Assess supply needs and set priorities.
  • Allow staff who can work remotely to do so.