Emergency Information from Mount Sinai
The following are informative websites that offer additional resources for you and your loved ones:
The Mount Sinai Health System is prepared with pre-emergency and emergency plans for events such as severe weather, hurricanes, and power outages.
For all elective procedures and outpatient appointments at Mount Sinai scheduled during an emergency, such as a major storm, please contact your doctor's office directly. For additional inquiries, please see our Contact Us page for the phone numbers of Mount Sinai’s hospitals, emergency departments, and urgent care facilities.
Emergency Event Safety Tips
The following tips were compiled by Mount Sinai staff to help you and your loved ones plan for emergency events, such as storms and significant power outages:
- If you have a special medical condition, plan ahead. Compile a list of medications (and dosages) you take and any known allergies you have in case you need to go to the hospital.
- Be certain to have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts handy, as well as batteries for hearing aids.
- Charge all cell phones in advance of the storm. If you lose power in the home and your car is in a garage, you can use your car cigarette lighter to serve as a backup charger for your cell battery if it runs low.
- Battery-powered flashlights are better to use in emergencies than candles, as candles can pose a fire hazard. Be sure to have extra batteries for your flashlight(s).
- Keep a battery-operated emergency radio handy to stay current with weather and news updates.
- Stay in close contact with the elderly and relatives.
- Be sure to have a supply of water in containers and even your tub, as pipes can freeze during power outages. You should have at least one gallon of water per person per day.
- Create an emergency kit with medications, water, bandages, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, extra clothing, flashlights, a radio, and food in it.
- Gather essentials for infants, such as diapers, wipes, formula, sanitized bottles, and extra clothing. Also gather warm clothing items and extra blankets in one area.
- Make sure you or your relatives have backup power sources if anyone is on home oxygen or nebulizers.
- Remove any deck furniture, planters, garbage cans, and tools from outdoors, as they can be tossed by high winds.
- Should you need to reach Mount Sinai, the main switchboard is 212-241-6500, the Emergency Room is 212-241-6639, and Admissions is 212-241-1900.
- Remain inside – large storms and blizzard-like conditions can increase risks such as frostbite, hypothermia, as well as dangerous traveling conditions.
- After the storm, be extra cautious driving and walking outside with potential hazards such as downed trees and black ice.
- Have a supply of cash on hand. If the power fails, the ATM network will not be in operation and credit /debit card machines will be out as well.