Disaster Preparation and Response FAQ For ACNM Members
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 in Texas and Louisiana, and more recently, in the Southeast path of approaching Hurricane Irma.
Latest updates (9/19/17):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 below.
the concurrence of the midwife cochairs of the ACNM Disaster Preparedness and
Response Caucus, Miller says items that are needed
most are (in alpha order):
- baby wipes
- battery operated fans
- cleaning wipes
- contractor garbage bags
- dust masks
- empty gas cans
- gloves for cleaning
- inflatable beds
- nuts or dried fruit
- personal hygiene wipes
- and water purification tablets (like for
- 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:
- 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.
Here's how you can help:
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.
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.