Please see the below for information regarding Hurricane Irma.
What we know:
Hurricane Irma is a strong category 5 hurricane, with 185 MPH sustained winds. As of this afternoon, several models used to predict a hurricane track is predicting landfall at or near Beaufort, SC in the morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. With this information, Governor McMaster has declared a State of Emergency for South Carolina. This declaration allows SC emergency response teams to begin organizing response efforts. At this time there has not been an evacuation declaration made for any coastal area of South Carolina.
What we should be doing:
- Directors should identify essential personnel to ensure their areas of responsibility are adequately staffed for continued operation. It should be noted that essential staff may need to be housed at the facility on Sunday, as traveling conditions may deteriorate.
- Staff should be encouraged to begin preparations for their families.
- Supply vendors should be contacted to refresh current supplies and be placed on standby for additional resource needs.
- Any necessary Memorandum of Understandings and Mutual Aid Agreements need to be reviewed for possible activation.
- Necessary supplies from Warehouse, e.g. water, cots, etc., should be staged at the main campus.
- It is unlikely that the Midlands will be placed under an evacuation order; however, there is a strong possibility that we will receive patients from the coast, in the event that Hurricane Irma continues to follow the current projections.
- Review their surge plans and/or consider curtailing services.
- Bed tracking information should be uploaded to SC SMARTT daily at 7 am.
We will continue to monitor and provide daily updates.