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UNCW and NHRMC prepare for Hanna

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Getting your family to safety ahead of a storm is enough of a challenge. What if you were trying to evacuate a hospital or a college campus? WWAY talked to both UNCW and New Hanover Regional Medical Center to see how those big chores are handled. UNCW Emergency Management Coordinator, Suzanne Blake said, "We just went over what would happen in that situation. What our emergency responders would be doing, when we would make the call to make the evacuation, how we would be working with the county, and the national weather service to make our decisions," The university has a number of alert systems in place for notifying students, from an emergency hotline to texting students the latest weather information through their cell phones. In a voluntary evacuation, school leaders would cancel all classes. In the case of a mandatory evacuation, all residence halls would be cleared out and the campus would close. Students would also be given 6 to 8 hours of drive time before the arrival of 40 mile per hour winds. In specific cases, students may even be placed in the homes of host families to ride out the storm. "The most important thing is that they have a home to go to just in case our infrastructure on campus fails, it would be really hard for us to support a lot of students on campus. So we try to get them out into those host families,” said Blake. Much of the same planning efforts are happening at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. "The planning has started and we are just waiting to see what the storm brings," said Jaime Smith, a NHRMC spokesperson. With a hurricane threat, the hospital takes an “all hands on deck approach”. "The hospital gears up for people who are coming into the emergency room with injuries from the storm, whether it's fallen tree branches, maybe they have been caught in a flooded area, whether it's an illness that's come about from the storm, we are prepared to take patients during those times,” said Smith. Planning for an increase in staff, medical supplies and food for patients is already being discussed. The hospital's spokesperson said procedures are in place to carry out any kind of possible evacuation, although she would not go into specifics about how it is done.

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