When a Hurricane Hits the Mountains – Hurricane Safety and Preparedness Tips

By Samantha Kappalman

Hurricane Florence is expected to affect the western North Carolina area into the weekend, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared! Go to NCReady.org [1] and download the NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips.
Though we don’t have to evacuate here in the mountains, we will most likely feel the impact from the hurricane that hits the coast.

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Seeking Medical Care during the Storm

Mission Health’s six emergency departments will remain open 24/7 to continue caring for patients with life-threatening conditions during the storm. Our inclement weather plans are designed to provide the safest, highest quality care environment for our patients and team members before, during and after the storm.

If you have an appointment with a Mission Health doctor or clinic, our practices may close in the interest of patient safety. Should your appointment be rescheduled, your doctor’s office will contact you. Practice closings and delays will be posted regularly on missionhealth.org [4].

In the event of a non-life-threatening emergency, we offer the convenience of online and walk-in care:

  • Complete a visit online for $25 – with Mission Virtual Clinic, you can receive a diagnosis and treatment plan for common illnesses such as colds, urinary tract infections or pink eye from the convenience of anywhere with an internet connection. In the event of a loss of power, you can complete the online visit from your mobile device. Learn more about Mission My Care Now. [5]
  • Seek walk-in careMission My Care Now offers the convenience of walk-in primary care with extended and weekend hours. Treating non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, there are four locations across western North Carolina. Check local road conditions before venturing out. Learn more about Mission Virtual Clinic. [6]

Follow Mission Health on Facebook [7] and Twitter [8] at @MissionHealthNC for the latest updates on Hurricane Florence and its impact in western North Carolina.
Stay informed at ncready.org [9] and find storm-related and emergency resources at ncdps.gov/florence [10].