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Columbia VA Health Care System



September 12, 2018

WJB DORN VA Medical Center
Hurricane Florence Status Update, Sept. 12, 9:45 a.m.


VAMC STATUS: The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is actively preparing for any impact Hurricane Florence may have on the Columbia VA Medical Center and/or Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Right now, all CBOCs and the Columbia VA Medical center will remain on a normal operating schedule. The director has activated the facility’s Emergency Command Center to manage all planning and actions related to the storm. Regular updates will be provided throughout the storm on the facility’s public Website, Facebook page, and on Twitter.

EMPLOYEE STATUS: Columbia VAMC employees and all CBOC employees are to report for their tours as normal.  Supervisors are responsible for ensuring sufficient staffing in their services. Employees should review facility and service line Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness plans and make plans to ensure the safety of their families. Guidance on status for the VAMC, all clinics, and VAMC sites will be updated as more information and updated storm projections become available. Questions regarding work status should be addressed by your supervisor.

SHELTERING IN PLACE, LINENS & MEALS: There is no decision to shelter in place at this time. In the event sheltering in place becomes necessary, the VAMC supply of cots for employee use will be distributed. More information regarding sheltering in place will be provided if the decision is made to do so. More information regarding sheltering in place will be provided if the decision is made to do so.

CANTEEN HOURS OF OPERATION: Dorn VCS Canteen, Retail Store, and Coffee Shop will be open throughout Hurricane Florence per the schedule below and would only change based on the needs of our Veterans. The Retail Store will be offering sandwiches, salads, yogurts, protein foods, and coffee, along with a variety of Simply 2 Go items throughout the weekend during this event. Patrons are encouraged to have cash for Canteen purchases in the event that credit card readers are impacted by the storm.

Retail Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. – Sun.: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Café Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coffee Shop Hours
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SHELTER INFORMATION: The Columbia VAMC IS NOT a shelter. For shelter information go to http://www.scemd.org/ or call the Hurricane Florence Information Phone System (866) 246-0133.

VA VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are still encouraged to report, if they feel it save to travel. Volunteers can call (803) 776-4000 ext. 6780 for more information.

DAV TRANSPORTATION: Patient transportation via DAV vans will continue to run as scheduled until further notice.

HURRICANE FLORENCE STATUS: 5AM EDT Wednesday, September 12, 2018: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Florence remains a Category 4 hurricane. A hurricane watch has been issued along the South Carolina coast from Edisto north through parts of Virginia. Landfall is becoming increasingly likely along the Carolina coast late Thursday or early Friday as a major hurricane. The forecast track beyond landfall is still somewhat uncertain and the remnants of Florence could stall or meander around the southern Appalachians or Carolina coast through early next week. There is an increasing risk of impacts including storm surge at the coast, flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds. Rip currents will be present throughout the week. Persons along the South Carolina coast and inland into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence.