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Columbia VA Health Care System



September 14, 2018

WJB DORN VA Medical Center


Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

VAMC STATUS: The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is still actively preparing for any impact Hurricane Florence may have on the Columbia VA Medical Center and/or Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Today, only the Columbia VA medical center will remain on a normal operating schedule; all CBOCs are closed today and through the weekend. Assessments of all CBOCs will occur over the weekend, and early Monday morning to determine if they can be reopened. The plan right now is to have all CBOCs open again Monday morning. Continue to watch for regular updates as we will be providing throughout the storm on the facility’s public Website, Facebook page, and on Twitter.

EMPLOYEE STATUS: We need 100 percent accountability over the weekend and into next week. If you’re not scheduled to work, please ensure you contact your supervisor every morning prior to 9 a.m. for accountability purposes. Columbia VAMC employees are to report for their (normal scheduled tour of duty) tours as normal today. CBOC should plan to return to normal duty hours on Monday. 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: Many staff will be sheltering in place. Cots and linens will be available for employees, please coordinate with your supervisor. Meals will be provided for staff who are required to stay. Tickets for meals will be provided through your supervisor.  The location for meals will be provided before the end of the day.

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.


These hotlines are managed by the VA Health Resource Center. The call center will connect Veterans and employees in real-time with the resources they need in a disaster.

Veteran Disaster Hotline Number: (800) 507-4571

Employee Disaster Hotline Number: (866) 233-0152

VBA Hotline Number: (800) 827-1000

Pharmacy Customer Care (866) 400-1243

Vet Center/Counseling: (877) WAR-VETS


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: 8AM EDT Friday, September 14, 2018: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to Category 1 hurricane, but still has maximum sustained winds recorded at 90 miles per hour. The hurricane watch is still in effect for the area along the South Carolina coast from Edisto north through parts of Virginia. A life-threatening storm surge is already currently along portions of the North Carolina coast and will continue through today and tonight. Additionally, life-threatening flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely in South Carolina.