It became clear in the hours following Hurricane Sandy’s assault on more than a dozen states that recent experiences with other weather events served a number of addiction treatment organizations well this time around.
The day after Sandy had made landfall in New Jersey, the Bridgeton, N.J.-based Seabrook House announced that it had resumed normal business operations thanks to power from generators it obtained after Hurricane Irene in 2011, as well as some hard work among employees.
“We had more than 75 staff, including doctors, nurses, therapists and support personnel, sleep over for the last two days to provide continued treatment while ensuring the safety of our patients,” Seabrook House president Ed Diehl said in an Oct. 30 news release.
Seabrook House reported that clinical operations had returned to normal by 9 a.m. Tuesday, with business operations resuming in full by noon that day. Seabrook also operates a facility in Westfield, Pa.
Some Connecticut and Pennsylvania facilities that were contacted in recent days by Addiction Professional reported minimal disruption to operations as a result of the powerful storm. Clearly the situation is more chaotic for several organizations in New York and New Jersey, with one New Jersey recovery residence operator reporting that several facilities remain without power as of mid-week and have had few or no options for relocating residents or patients. Several organizations have not replied to e-mail or phone requests for a status update.
Seabrook House reports that after Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011, the organization invested in enough backup generator power to cover the entire campus in the event of an outage. “Backup generators allowed the facility to continue to operate without interruption during the height of the hurricane,” the news release stated.
Diehl also credited Seabrook’s facilities manager, Shelia Levine, with working closely with the local Office of Emergency Management in coordinating plans for storm response.