A nurse strike team from Kentucky is set to help Hurricane Dorian victims in North Carolina.
The deployment this week was coordinated by the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local, state and federal officials, according to a news release.
The strike team consists of registered nurses and administrative staff members. They will be working in local shelters in impacted areas and are expected to be there for about two weeks.
“The deployment of this team of public health nurses is a great reflection of how we continue to move the needle forward to a new level of service in the Department for Public Health,” CHFS Secretary Adam Meier said in a release. “It validates all of the preparation and training this group has gone through. I commend them and thank them for their compassionate service.”
The strike team will augment staff to provide medical support to people who are displaced from their homes and are currently residing in general or medical needs shelters. Those in the medical needs support shelters are in relatively stable condition, but have a chronic disease or condition such as diabetes or require oxygen or dialysis, the release notes. Nurses will be conducting medical history and physical exams, providing patient assessments, assisting with medicine administration and providing general nursing care and comfort for these individuals.
“Kentucky stands willing and able to provide assistance to those areas affected by the storm,” said Meier. “We have been actively preparing to deploy our personnel and assets to address critical health issues in medical needs shelters.”
Assistance requests are coordinated and authorized through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a mutual aid agreement between states and territories in the United States.
KYTC issues emergency declaration
In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas earlier this week waived certain regulations on commercial motor carriers involved in the relief effort.
Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver goods, restore utilities and remove debris.
"Lifting these restrictions allows crews to assist with the relief effort as quickly as possible,” Thomas said in a news release.
The order exempts a driver’s hours of service limitation and weigh station stoppage, suspends registration requirements and waives permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles. All other safety requirements will remain in effect for drivers.
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