What we know:

Hurricane Florence is still a category 4 storm, with sustained winds in excess of 130 MPH. As of this morning, predictive models have shifted landfall just south of Wilmington, NC, near the border of South Carolina at 2 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Midlands area is expected to receive moderate amounts of rainfall (approximately 4-6 inches) and strong wind gusts (in excess of 45 MPH) beginning on the morning of Friday, September 14, 2018.  The storm will slow significantly, only traveling approximately 100 miles, on landfall, in a 24 hour period.

Since our meeting yesterday, we do not predict that this new information will change our current response plan, as I believe we have been preparing for this situation already.  After the 2 PM conference with DHEC and SCHA, we will send out another update.

What we should be doing:

Staffing: 

  • 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.

Supplies:

  • Pharmacy, Nutrition and Materials Management is working to ensure we have an adequate quantity of all 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.

Surge:

  • Patients have already begun to be evacuated from many coastal areas affected by this storm. Any requests for patient transfers need to be referred to the Nursing Supervisor.