September 12, 2018

Care Options for Pediatric Patients Before, During and After Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence setting its sights on the Carolinas, the storm is likely to affect western North Carolina later this week, through the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

Since Tuesday, more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate 300 miles along the mid- to south- Atlantic coasts; evacuees are seeking shelter in communities across our region as well as in other areas.

Whether you are seeking shelter here or reside in our community, you may find your little ones need care during the storm. Mission Health is ready and able to provide care for individuals coming from out of town.

Here’s what you need to know about resources for pediatric care across our region:

  • You have access to walk-in care. Parents with children of all ages who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, ear ache, etc., may seek care for their child at one of our four Mission My Care Now locations. These convenient walk-in clinics treat non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries and offer extended and weekend hours. Learn more about Mission My Care Now.
  • Complete a virtual visit for $25. With the Mission Virtual Clinic, North Carolina residents 2 years of age and older 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 power outage, you can complete the online visit from your mobile device. Learn more about Mission Virtual Clinic.
  • You can contact our pediatric specialists and sub-specialists. Parents with children younger than three months may contact our specialists at Mission Children’s Hospital and Mission Pediatrics:

Children under the care of a specialist:

Parents with children who have conditions such as seizures, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, etc. and are being managed by a pediatric specialists may contact Mission Children’s Hospital at 828-213-1740 to inquire about care for their child.

Additional resources:

The North Carolina Pediatrics Society recommends parents with children visit these websites to learn more about preparing for a catastrophic flooding event:


Learn more about what you can do to prepare you and your family for a hurricane in the mountains: When a Hurricane Hits the Mountains – Emergency Preparedness and Hurricane Safety Tips