Think It Won’t Happen?


  1. Power Outages June 30 – July 1


  1. Flooding April NW Suburbs, Illinois

Alerts / Stand-bys / Shelter-In-Place / Evacuation 2011:

  1. June 9th – a fire in an electrical panel at a Long-term Care facility
  2. June 22nd – Multiple long term power outages at 7 facilities.
  3. July 11th – Multiple power outages at 6 facilities.
  4. June 21st – 4 power outages at two LTC’s and 2 Senior housing complexes
  5. July 23rd – Multiple power outages and flooding in the Chicago Metropolitan area, with no facilities reporting problems
  6. July 28th- A long term Power Outage at a NW Chicago suburban facility.

Here are some actual activations…


In mid-December, a long term care facility in the northern suburbs of Chicago experienced a loss of heat.  IDPH was on site monitoring the situation.  Due to the drop in temperature, CHUG was notified and placed on alert.  Some patients were transported to local hospitals, but 50 – 60 would need to be moved if heat was not restored.  Local emergency management (fire batallion chief) activated CHUG and PPERS (transportation providers).  CHUG notified 72 member facilities within two area “Clusters” who were ready to accept the 60 patients if needed.  The CHUG Emergency Operations Center assisted the strickened facility in identifying patients to be evacuated.  Just prior to moving any patients, the heat was restored.  CHUG called an “All Clear” at that point.


Independent Living / Assisted Living facility in McHenry, Illinois had a problem in an electric panel. There were no CHUG members in the area at the time (there are now). They used the CHUG system along with the help of Superior Ambulance to evacuate 17 acute patients. Other patients were able to go home with family. All patients were out for 3 days.


During the winter months, 2 hospitals located in the medical district in Chicago, experienced a steam power failure. They were preparing to evacuate over 1200 patients. CHUG was activated and located 934 beds in 2 – 3 hours, all of which could deliver the special needs required by the hospital patients. Luckily, and preferably, the facilities were able to shelter in place until power was restored. CHUG was activated by regional emergency management.


A north side of Chicago long-term care facility was struck by lightning. They evacuated 90 patients to other local facilities. As a result of the difficulties and confusion they experienced trying to move patients, they are now a very active member of CHUG.


A long term care facility in LaSalle County Illinois was faced with flooding, twice in 6 months. Both times they used the CHUG guidelines to successfully evacuate.


A pumping station on the south side of Chicago had experienced failures in their sewer pumps. If there had been an additional ¼ inch of rain overnight, 19 nursing homes and 6 hospitals would have been forced to evacuate, impacting thousands of patients. Within 4 hours, CHUG had 970 beds ready to deliver the specialized care that each individual needed. The Chicago Department of Public Health directed CHUG to stop gathering beds as it was obvious that the collaboration that CHUG has built could deliver.


An assisted living facility in Park Ridge, Illinois experienced severe flooding and a power outage. They went 48 hours without power. The Fire Department activated CHUG to evacuate 35 acute care patients. They were placed in 3 area facilities for 24 hours until they could return. CHUG was also placed on alert for 5 other facilities that were affected by the flooding.


An assisted living facility in Buffalo Grove, Illinois needed to evacuate 87 patients due to a power outage during the summer. CHUG had 95 beds ready and assisted in the evacuation.

“We hope you never need it, but if distaster strikes (and it will), it’s reassuring to know that you are a member of CHUG!”