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Disaster Preparation and Response: How to Help FAQ For ACNM Members

Midwives stand with women and newborns, and ACNM and its state affiliates stand with midwives. We all stand together as millions of people are affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.

Here's how you can help:

Persons wishing to make tax deductible contributions to the relief effort are encouraged to support a major relief agency of your choice such as the American Red Cross, or another group recognized by the Charity Navigator. Be aware: major relief efforts also spur fraud.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:


Florida:

With the concurrence of the midwife co-chairs of the ACNM Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus, the following items are needed most (in alpha order): 
  • baby wipes
  • batteries
  • battery operated fans
  • blankets
  • bleach
  • cleaning wipes
  • contractor garbage bags
  • diapers
  • dust masks
  • empty gas cans
  • gloves for cleaning
  • inflatable beds
  • nuts or dried fruit
  • personal hygiene wipes
  • pillows
  • and water purification tablets (like for camping)  
  • Please do not send cash and do not send medicines or pharmaceutical products of any kind. 

Items should be sent to one of these two midwife addresses:
For Gulf Coast Florida: Mary Kay Miller, 13300 Gulf Boulevard Apartment C, Madeira Beach, Florida 33708.  
For South Florida and the Keys: Jennifer Garcia, 571 SW 169th Terrace, Weston, FL 33326. 
If you have any further questions about arrangements, please contact Florida Affiliate President Miller at [email protected]



Disaster Preparedness Resources:

Previous Updates:

  • ACNM has been in contact with our affiliate leaders in the path of Hurricane Irma and Co-chair of ACNM Disaster Preparation and Response Caucus, Robbie Prepas, CNM. They advise midwives to first prepare and take care of themselves and their families. If evacuating, midwives should seek official community shelters for emergency housing and supplies, and bring their prescription medications with them.
  • They also advise being familiar with your state and community disaster preparedness plans. Below is a resource library to provide Disaster Preparedness and Response information for those affected, and those seeking to help. We encourage saving these resources to your mobile phone and printing for on-the-go accessibility during loss of power.
  • ACNM has been in contact with our Texas and Louisiana affiliate leaderships. They report that midwives are safe though some have evacuated and had profound losses. They also report that midwives are collaborating extensively in the community of women's healthcare professionals, first responders, birth centers and hospitals to meet women's needs. 
  • Our Texas leadership and Karen Hays, CNM, DNP, ARNP, co-chair of our ACNM Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus, report that the Texas Board of Nursing has established procedures for recognizing out-of-state midwives and other health care professionals called in to Texas to serve. The information is available at www.bon.texas.gov/hurricaneharvey.asp. The Board of Nursing is not seeking undirected, unassigned volunteers at this time. At this time, similar information has not been provided by the state of Louisiana.
  • ACNM Florida Affiliate President Mary Kay Miller, CNM, MSN, says “thank you” to everyone who answered the call for hurricane relief financial contributions through charities endorsed by www.CharityNavigator.org
  • Now, midwives in the state are working with Emergency Operations Management to collect and distribute supplies that women and newborns need in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. Midwives can help by supplying approved items from the list above.


ACNM will update this post periodically as events and more information come available. To send a message of encouragement to your member colleagues, use ACNM's Facebook or Twitter feeds and the hashtag #Midwives.


 



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