Across the Northeast South Carolina, our community continues to deal with record-breaking flood levels in our rivers and across our roadways.
All Grand Strand Health hospitals, ERs, outpatient facilities and physician practices are open to care for patients.
Flooding of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers are expected to crest Wednesday, September 26 but floodwaters are not expected to fully recede until early October.
Please travel safely. Do not drive through standing water. For the latest information on road closures, visit https://www.horrycounty.org/gis/roadClosures/.
Shelter updates can be found at https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Emergency-Management/Hurricanes/Open-Shelters.
Tips from our ER Team
As the flood waters continue to rise, we encourage our residents and neighbors to be safe while driving on the roads. Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive through barricades. If your home has been flooded, please clean up safely without placing your health at risk. Key things to be aware of include:
- Watch for snakes and insects that may spread disease.
- Avoid drinking or cooking with tap water until you are sure it has not been contaminated.
- Wear protective gear including rubber boots and waterproof gloves.
- Get help lifting heavy or bulky objects and have someone help you when using a ladder to prevent falls.
Exposure to mold can cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems, eye and skin irritation and allergic reactions. Use these tips to prevent mold infestations.
- Air out your house by opening doors and windows.
- Use fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture.
- Clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water.
- Discard anything that cannot be washed and/or disinfected.
Be sure to keep your health and your family’s health a priority during this difficult time. If you feel sick or have an injury, get medical help immediately.
Grand Strand Medical Center offers one of the most comprehensive hurricane preparedness plans to ensure our patients and our staff who care for them are safe before, during and after a storm. We have contracts with vendors from around the state and nation to provide support from on-site security to generators and food for our patients and staff. Transfer processes and plans with our network of hospitals across the country also exist should patients need to be relocated.
As an acute care hospital, our resources are committed to providing for our patients and staff who will remain here to care for them during the duration of the storm. Please note we are not a shelter and are not equipped to serve as a shelter during a storm.
If You Are Expecting
Any pregnant woman who is two weeks from her due date (36 weeks gestation) or is considered high-risk may be asked to stay at the hospital in the event of a hurricane. If your physician determines that it is necessary for you to be in the hospital, arrive no later than four hours before landfall.
If You Receive Home Health Care and Are Homebound
If you are a homebound patient or dependent on any medical device that requires electricity, please contact your physician to ask for his or her recommendation.
If you are receiving home health services, please make sure your home health provider has developed a special hurricane plan for you.
If you require oxygen, check with your supplier about emergency plans.
Should you evacuate, please remember to take with you:
- Written Care Instructions
- Special Equipment
If You Have Special Needs
If you are dependent on life support systems or on any medical device which requires electricity, you will need to make plans to relocate early for a hurricane. Power may be off for some time before, during and after a storm.