What we know:
Hurricane Florence is a category 4 hurricane, with 130 MPH sustained winds. As of this morning, several predictive models estimate landfall at or near Wilmington, NC (approximately 75 miles north of Myrtle Beach, SC) in the morning hours of Friday, September 14, 2018. 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 review staffing schedules to ensure they adequately staff their areas of responsibility for the duration of the week and weekend.
- Staff should be encouraged to begin preparations for their families.
- Materials Management is working to ensure we have an adequate quantity of all medical/surgery inventory supply items. If your area uses unique or non-inventory items, consider what action, if any, you may need to take to meet your patient care needs.
- Any necessary Memorandum of Understandings and Mutual Aid Agreements need to be reviewed.
- It is unlikely that the Midlands will be placed under an evacuation order; however, there is a possibility that we may receive patients from the coast if Hurricane Florence continues to follow the current projections. We encourage you to make plans for the potential surge of patients.
We will continue to monitor the current situation and weather projections as they develop and provide daily updates.