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Emergency Management in Action: Surviving a Flood

Duchene, MaryAnn MSN, BGS, RN

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: June 2011 - Volume 29 - Issue 6 - p 383–387
doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31821b72b8
home care today

On March 30, 2010, municipalities in southeastern Connecticut (CT) woke up to continued rainfall and were on the verge of the most significant flooding in over 50 years. This weather emergency would see the entire area affected in the subsequent weeks and months. What does this weather event have to do with home healthcare, you ask? Think of all the issues from a patient, staff, and community emergency management perspective and then think of how to deliver and ensure quality home healthcare services. Once again, home healthcare nurses (HHNs) were placed in the forefront of a community in need in such an instance.

MaryAnn Duchene, MSN, BGS, RN, has worked in home healthcare, emergency department nursing, and currently works at Windham Hospital in Willimantic Connecticut as an Administrative Coordinator. MaryAnn lives with her family in Preston, Connecticut on a sustainable farm and rescues farm animals.

Address correspondence to: MaryAnn Duchene, MSN, BGS, RN, 81 Radler Road, Preston, CT 06365 (

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