Richmond Ambulance Authority gears up for Hurricane Florence


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – As companies like Dominion get ready for Hurricane Florence, the Richmond Ambulance Authority will also prepare to respond to your emergency call. 

All 300 staff members with the Richmond Ambulance Authority are on standby as Hurricane Florence moves closer to the coast. 

As Central Virginia wait for the storm, the authority takes time now to stock up on extra supplies. 

Before Hurricane Florence arrives, Lieutenant Greg Robertson will take time to review inventory. 

“In the event, we get a lot of extra call volume, we want to make sure our trucks are stocked a little bit more than usual so that way we don’t have to worry about re-supplying,” said Lt. Greg Robertson. 

Inside the truck, Robertson takes a count of all supplies. 

“This is how we package everything,” said Robertson. “We’ve got a whole bunch of extra bandages in there.” 

It’s an all hands on deck situation for the team as they are ready to respond to people’s call. 

“We look at potentially having crew members stay here overnight,” said Robertson. 

But the Ambulance Authority also wants you to prepare for an emergency situation.

“Home health care plan,” said Robertson.  “Please make sure you know if you have insulin. If you’ve got oxygen, make sure you’ve got a backup plan for your insulin. Have a cooler with some ice or have a way to power your refrigerator or perhaps a portable cooler or something with a generator.” 

Robertson also suggests checking your oxygen tank.

“Make sure you’ve got a manual regulator and extra oxygen tanks,” said Robertson. “Doing a lot of those things and just having a home health care plan in general really makes it easier for us to help you out if you’ve already got some stuff in place and it helps free up some extra resources.” 

So when an ambulance shows up, people can breathe easy.

“We are going to do everything in our power to get to reach you,” said Robertson. “We’re going to have all the resources, so please don’t be afraid to call us. That will definitely not be a problem.” 

The authority wants to remind locals not to venture out in flooded roadways. 

After responding to a water rescue Monday, crew members warned people to stay out of the James River. 

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