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Health Center patients should follow all local instructions from emergency managers, including evacuation. Health Center patients may seek a community health center in other cities or states by using the HRSA Find a Health Center website:

The linked documents highlight some key information on Temporary sites in scope and FTCA coverage during declared emergencies.  Please see the policy guidance linked here for more complete guidance.

How Workers Can Access Disaster Unemployment Assistance After Hurricane Florence
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), also referred to as Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance, is a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to individuals unemployed as a result of a “major disaster” declared by the president.


The CDC has updated its Hurricane Florence resource page, including tips for staying safe during recovery.  Some additional resources :

FEMA Benefits for Immigrants

Information about FEMA benefits for immigrants, English here and Spanish here.

Resources for Providers and Patients from NC DHHS

Resources are available here.


NCCHCA staff and partners have compiled a list of resources that might he helpful during and after the storm.

NC Emergency Preparedness App

Ready NC Mobile App: Download it here

NASW-NC Hurricane Preparedness Resources

NASW-NC has compiled a disaster relief guide for social workers with information on both state and federal resources.

Disaster Response Network

The North Carolina Disaster Response Network (NC DRN) is a network of mental health professionals who are trained to respond in the event of a disaster.

Americares is a health-focused humanitarian relief organization based out of Stamford, CT.  They work with over 1,000 health facilities throughout the US, including 45 health partners in North Carolina. During disasters, they are able to assist partners, and new partners, with shipments of medicine, including TDAP and insulin, and relief supplies, including first aid kits, in addition to many other products. They are also able to provide small grants for activities related to the hurricane. Please reach out to JP Fisher at and to receive a list of available inventory and for more information.”

Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP): important things for farmworker and immigrant advocates to know:

 1) “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a Disaster Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS) Program for the following eighteen (18) North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne

2)      Begin taking DFNS applications on Friday, September 28, 2018 through Saturday, September 29, 2018, then resuming on Monday, October 1, 2018 through Saturday, October 6, 2018. Application sites will not be open on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Hours of operation will be 8:00am-5:00pm weekdays, Saturday, September 29, 2018 and October 6, 2018 will be 9:00am until 5:00pm for all DFNS counties. Counties may extend their hours of operation beyond the hours specified above to accommodate the needs of your communities.

3)      Immigrants can apply for these disaster food stamps with ANY immigration status, or NO STATUS at all.  There is no requirement to have status.  While there is a blank for SSN on the form, it is not required to fill it out (See instructions linked below.).  Immigrants who lack an SSN should simply leave that box blank.  They will be required to prove their identity to DSS, but the instructions note:

a.       “Verification of identity is mandatory for the head of household and authorized representative. This can be in the form of a picture ID or any other form of identification. This proof may include, but is not limited to, Social Security card, mail, or collateral statement. Identity is the only eligibility factor that must be verified.”

4)      People can receive D-SNAP due to:

a.       Damage to or destruction of the household’s home or selfemployment; or

b.      b. Suffered a food loss due to the disaster; or

c.        c. Lost or inaccessible income, including reduction or termination of income, or a delay in receipt of income for residents of the impacted counties; or

d.       d. Inaccessible liquid resources; or

e.        e. A disaster related expense that will be paid or anticipated to be paid during the benefit period, which will not be reimbursed during the period of September 7, 2018 through October 6, 2018.

5)      The application for Disaster Food Stamps is linked in the  below email in English and Spanish.

6)      DSS keeps application information confidential (by law), and applicants’ information is not shared with Department of Homeland Security/ICE.


Other Resources

·     SBTDC for business counseling, access to capital, and long-term recovery resources.

·     NC Emergency Management for recovery resources and emergency preparedness.  

·     BLNC for a directory of business resources through their toll-free number 800.228.8443.

·     Disaster Unemployment Assistance for unemployment insurance benefits due to a natural disaster.

·     NC Department of Agriculture for resources to assist farmers.


Health centers are also actively involved in helping those individuals who are disproportionately affected by disasters and have carved out specific emergency management roles and responsibilities based on the needs of the community in which they operate.

To align ourselves with the need for emergency planning, NCCHCA works with many local, state, and national partners to assist community health centers in emergency preparedness planning and response. NCCHCA also provides information to partners about the role of community health centers in their community at all times, and the potential role of community health centers in the event of an emergency.

In North Carolina, the Office of Emergency Medical Services divides the state into Regional Advisory Committees for Emergency Preparedness and response. You can find the page containing maps of these RACs as well as contact information here.

Health Center Emergency Management Policy

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Applies to Community Health Centers

Compliance and implementation were to be completed by November 15, 2017.

Emergency Management Planning Resources

Kaiser Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
Use this tool to create a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis for your health center.

Staffing Levels Algorithm

Emergency Operations Planning Template for CHC's (developed by the California PCA) Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Template

CDC Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment in Heatlh Care Settings

Emergency Risk Communication

Communicating in a Crisis: Guidelines for Public Health Officials

North Carolina Emergency Management Resources

Regional Advisory Committees
Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) were initially established for the purpose of regional trauma planning, to include establishing and maintaining a coordinated trauma system. Following September 11, 2001, RAC responsibilities/members significantly expanded to account for increased disaster and terrorism related activities. The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) oversees the RACs in North Carolina and works with them to coordinate their responsibilities regarding the state's trauma/terrorism initiatives.

North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management is part of the Department of Public Safety (DPS.) DPS serves as the coordinating agency for North Carolina's homeland security preparednes, and is tasked with focusing public and legislative attention on public safety issues like preparation for natural disasters. In addition, the department is updates plans and provides training for local officials to respond to emergencies such as terrorism, communicable diseases, nuclear power plant incidents and civil unrest.

North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services
"The mission of the Office of Emergency Medical Services is to foster emergency medical systems, trauma systems and credentialed EMS personnel to improve in providing responses to emergencies and disasters which will result in higher quality emergency medical care being delivered to the residents and visitors of North Carolina."

North Carolina Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

North Carolina Health Alert Network (NCHAN)

University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness

Helping North Carolina Spanish Speakers Deal with Natural Disasters
The NC Disaster Information Center offers several resources in Spanish regarding natural disasters in North Carolina. Information includes preparation checklists, explanations of what to do during a storm, and information on health and safety that will help the Hispanic/Latino community before, during, and after a natural disaster.

National Emergency Management Links

HIPAA privacy and disclosures in the event of an emergency

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Department of Homeland Security

CDC - Emergency Preparedness and Response

American Red Cross

Current Emergencies

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