News‎ > ‎

Hurricane Preparation & Recovery

Company Updates:  Monday, 9/17/18

A call was held Monday morning with NC units reporting:
  • Staff throughout NC really stepped up, working multiple shifts. THANK YOU!
  • All persons-supported made it through the hurricane safe!
  • Many persons-supported were moved to safe locations, per their emergency management plan.
  • As large center and group home building safety is verified, and power is restored, persons-supported will be moved from safe shelter locations back to their homes.
  • Please take pictures of any damage, no matter how minimal it appears.  This will help in our recovery efforts.

Hurricane Recovery

Click to visit the NC 211 website
Can RHA Units Organize To Help With Hurricane Relief?

Many have asked if RHA staff can band together to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

First, understand that RHA isn’t set up to be a disaster relief organization.  We encourage those wanting to help others to donate money and supplies to the American Red Cross and other such organizations.

That said, units CAN work to help staff impacted by the hurricane.  But there are guidelines to ensure we stay ethical and adhere to relevant laws and RHA policy.  According to RHA' Solicitation Policy, units can gather donations of money and supplies.

Key Solicitation Policy Areas To Follow:

  • Your unit's Administrator or Director must approve these efforts
  • Any communications (emails, flyers, etc.) must state “Approved by RHA Administrator or Director”
  • Personal information about those being helped (health, financial, personal, address, etc.) will be kept confidential.
Can staff donate PTO time to another employee?
Unfortunately, staff can not donate PTO time.  Our policy and systems simply do not support this.



Hurricane Florence Resources
Collected from RHA Staff and from NC Center for Nonprofits

NC Disaster Distress Hotline
1-800-985-5990

Workers who are or may become unemployed due to Hurricane Florence may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). To start the process, the easiest and most efficient way to file is online.


A Just Florence Recovery    Resources and support for front-line-to-front-line relief and mobilization









NC Department of Health & Human Services    Health and human services resources


NC Network of Grantmakers    Information and resources related to the philanthropic response


NC Small Business and Technology Development Center    Recovery assistance for NC businesses


North Carolina Community Foundation    Covers many rural parts of eastern North Carolina



ReadyNC - Recovery and rebuilding resources and assistance for individuals and communities


RHA Health Advocate
866.695.8622 - Help with finding in-network providers, find facilities, prescription help, etc.



Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina    Additional links to get food and pet food assistance in your area

SPCA and local Humane Societies    For displaced animals







Hurricane Preparation

RHA-Specific Information

At RHA, we have emergency plans in place at each unit to help guide us through managing any emergencies that may arise.



Unit 'To-Do's Before A Disaster Strikes
  • Please refer to your Emergency Operations plan.  Appendix B will have the key information you need.
  • Identify your incident commander.
  • Ensure your staff are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Be ready to institute your emergency evacuation plan, if needed.
  • Reach out to your MCO's, Regional Coalitions, etc.  They will be able to connect you to resources.
  • Start reaching out to family members of the people we serve and support.

Healthcare Preparedness Coalitions

NC Healthcare Preparedness Coalition
Unit leaders should work with the coalition nearest them you to find the local debriefing in your area.



Online Preparedness Resources

Regular weather updates

FIMAN - Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network
See current river levels and river crest information

Includes information on current and expected flooding.


NC Department of Transportation Map
Current travel information, open/closed roads

NC Dept of Public Safety website
NC Emergency Management website. Get the APP

Ċ
Bob Turner,
Sep 18, 2018, 9:23 AM
Ċ
Bob Turner,
Sep 14, 2018, 11:34 AM
Comments