For Immediate Release: September 17, 2018
Vermont Department of Health
802-951-5153 / 802-863-7281
Health Department Nurses Deployed to Assist with North Carolina Hurricane Response
BURLINGTON, VT – Three public health nurses were deployed to North Carolina for 14 days to assist in the multi-state response to Hurricane Florence. The nurses will be stationed at the state’s county-run emergency shelters, providing health support to residents displaced by the storm. As of Friday, more than 20,000 people were housed in 157 shelter locations.
Vermont offered North Carolina officials its assistance as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). All states and U.S. territories belong to the agreement.
“Vermont always steps up when our fellow states are in need,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “This assignment takes place within the EMAC, but when public health is concerned, we wanted to be as proactive as possible in offering our assistance,” Dr. Levine said. “These health professionals head out with our deepest appreciation, and we share our hopes for the health and wellbeing of the people affected by the storm.”
The nurses departed for North Carolina on Sunday. Their deployment follows that of Vermont’s swift water rescue team to North Carolina, and an EMAC Advanced Team member from the Department of Public Service to the State of Hawaii in support of its response to damage caused by volcanic eruptions.
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