Hurricane season is upon us. Our Animal Clinic and Wellness Center team understands that our decision to close the hospital in bad weather has a big effect on clients. We also understand that our patients are better served by being safe at home or in our kennel. But as always, our top priority is the safety of our patients and clients. If you have a patient boarding at our facility do not fear for their safety, we have implemented a stringent hurricane preparation plan to ensure they are cared for in a safe and secure atmosphere.
HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?
Please understand that we make the decision to close the hospital in bad weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
Information on road conditions from the department of transportation and the police. We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads around Williamsburg, Newport News, and Hampton. Even if your street looks clear, travel elsewhere may be dangerous.
• The amount of rain that has accumulated.
• Whether precipitation is continuing.
• Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat).
• Parking lot conditions. Administrators talk to maintenance team members who handle clearing and treating the parking lot and sidewalks.
• Temperature and wind chill.
• Weather predictions. We prefer not make our decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate. But sometimes this is unavoidable.
Please contact our office at 757-253-0812 prior to venturing out to ensure that the office is open. We will also post updated information on Facebook.
Kelly Anderson, LVT