As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast and makes landfall, our thoughts are with all who are in the path of the storm, including our local Free and Charitable Clinics and their staff, volunteers and patients who will be impacted by this storm.
Free and Charitable Clinics are the communities’ response to the health care needs in their area. In times of disaster, Free and Charitable Clinics serve as first responders helping people access health care, medications and supplies that they need. There are 69 clinics located in North Carolina who help over 80,000 patients per year, and 15 of these clinics are currently in the immediate path of Hurricane Florence. In South Carolina, there are 40 clinics who provide care to over 40,00 people a year – with 14 clinics the immediate path of the storm.
Charity Navigator has named the NAFC as a trusted organization to facilitate donations to our member organizations in impacted areas. We ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the NAFC’s Disaster Relief Fund to help support our Free & Charitable Clinics, Charitable Pharmacies and patients who will be affected by this storm and who will need assistance to help recover and rebuild.
The NAFC staff has been reaching out to our member clinics and organizations in the areas projected to be affected by the storm offering our support and assistance and making sure that they are connected with our relief partners. Disaster relief information including key things for clinics to think about when affected by a disaster and important links (FEMA assistance, general disaster preparedness information, NAFC relief partners) can be found at http://www.nafcclinics.org/content/disaster-relief.
If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution of items (such as gas cards, laptops/tablets, diabetic testing supplies, blood pressure cuffs, walkie-talkies) please contact the NAFC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-647-7427 for assistance.
Thank you for your continued support of the NAFC, our members, volunteers and patients. For those in the path of the storm, please stay safe and know that we are here to help!