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Emergency Resources for Those Affected by Hurricanes

American Red Cross Urology GivingLast month, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving behind widespread devastation. The humanitarian impact of this disaster is colossal and in the aftermath of such a storm many remain in dire need of assistance and resources.

The global healthcare community can play a pivotal role in supporting those who need it most. From the initial clean-up to the relief operation and reconstruction, the road to recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be long and the need is great. Please join us in supporting our friends and colleagues through a donation to the American Red Cross. Let them know you care by donating today.

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The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 REDCROSS OR 1-800-733-2767, choose option 1.

After a Hurricane

  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

More information available at Ready.gov and your local government's website.

Flood Safety

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Please monitor weather conditions and local news for vital information. If you are driving during a flooding event, do not attempt to cross-flowing streams, as vehicles may stall or you could lose control. Never drive your vehicle around warning signs for barricades.

The National Weather Service offers the following reminders during floods:

  • It is never safe to walk or drive into flood water.
  • As little as 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.
  • It takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.