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Hurricane Florence Disaster Preparation and Response

Our heartfelt concern goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Florence. ACNM stands with the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia state affiliate midwives and those they care for during these difficult times.

ACNM has been in contact with our affiliate leaders in the path of Hurricane Florence and and with the chair of ACNM Disaster Preparation and Response Caucus, Karen Hays, 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. Texting can often be the most efficient way to communicate in disaster situations, as opposed to calling.

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. 

Disaster Preparedness Resources:

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.

State Updates

North Carolina (9/19/2018):

·       We spoke with North Carolina state affiliate president, Suzanne Wertman. She indicates that World Central Kitchen is up and running in Wilmington and other parts of the state, feeding evacuees, affected folks, first responders, and folks who have come in to help clean up and restore power:

·       Suzanne's contacts at New Hanover Regional Medical Center indicate that they remain on lockdown, and everyone has been advised to stay in place in Wilmington, with the exception of laboring women--they can come to the hospital and have been advised to call 911 if they cannot safely travel. The hospital in Pender County is closed.

·       Suzanne's Goldsboro and Greenville colleagues say they are managing with the flooding, but haven't had to evacuate. They are taking care of patients at the hospital. 

·       Lumberton and Fayetteville have also suffered severe flooding that will worsen over the next few days. 

·       Stay tuned for more updates from North Carolina. 

South Carolina (9/18/2018):

·       We spoke with South Carolina affiliate president, Linda George. She says that as of Tuesday, September 18, power has been restored in most parts of the state. However, flooding is still a significant threat in the affected areas, so the next few days will be crucial. The recovery from Hurricane Florence is still a work in progress.

·       Stay tuned for updates from South Carolina and ways to help in that state.

Virginia (9/14/2018):

·       We spoke with Virginia affiliate president, Amber Price. She is monitoring the situation and will post updates on the affiliate Facebook page. 

·       Stay tuned for updates from Virginia and ways to help in that state.

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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