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Emergency Response Resource Links

To:   NHPCO Membership
From:  NHPCO Emergency Response Team
Date:  September 20, 2018

This past week, we watched Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coastline, transitioning into a tropical storm in the southeastern U.S. resulting in a rash of tornado outbreaks following devasting flooding in North Carolina and South Carolina. This is also the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria which left catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico in September 2017. In fact, recent media attention focused on Puerto Rico one year later has shown the ongoing effects and significant work that has yet to be done.  

We are still in the midst of the 2018 hurricane season in the U.S.  NHPCO would like to share some additional links to resources that are likely to be of value to those recovering in the Carolinas to those who will be affected by future events.

 Financial assistance following disaster:

NHPCO resources for members:

  • NHPCO Emergency Preparedness webpage. 
  • Emergency Preparedness for Hospice Providers Guide
  • The NHPCO & NHF Disaster Relief Fund has been established to aid the hospice community when disaster overwhelms regularly-available resources. NHPCO works directly with state hospice and palliative care associations to respond in the most effective manner following a natural disaster. The Disaster Relief Fund is used to assist hospices affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, large-scale fires and other disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund will cover organizational expenses that are not reimbursable through insurance coverage and/or FEMA funding. Programs are asked to complete a one-page application to ask for assistance through the fund.  An application process is put into place for specific funding requests with details available from the NHPCO executive office.

Natural disasters are inevitable. We hope these links – as only a few – will be of support should you find your organization facing disaster recovery.