Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) staff efficiently maintained operations during Hurricane Dorian’s pass over Eastern North Carolina, Sept. 6. The facility received minimal damage from the storm.
More than 450 essential personnel staffed NMCCL during the course of the storm, with NMCCL providing 17 personnel to aide storm shelters aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. NMCCL also sheltered 185 essential staff family members and high-risk expectant mothers, as well as their immediate family members. Medical personnel provided care to 32 patients throughout the duration of Hurricane Doran. Just as in Hurricane Florence, NMCCL sheltered dogs and cats of essential personnel and patients staying at NMCCL. More than 53 pets stayed in the Medical Center “pet room” on the First Deck.
Basic necessities such as food, water and electricity were maintained throughout the storm. NMCCL suffered no major loss of power, only documenting a few power fluctuations. As of noon on Thursday, the Galley team served 840 meals to staff and guests. NMCCL facilities and safety crews have been assessing storm damage to the main Medical Center and Branch Medical Clinics, finding minimal wind damage and a few water leaks which are already being repaired.
U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Timby, commanding officer, NMCCL, commended the Medical Center staff members for their storm preparations and calm control of operations in the course of Hurricane Dorian.
"The Medical Center staff worked extremely hard to best ensure the safety and care of our patients and those sheltering with us.”
Timby also doubled down on the need to maintain vigilance following a major weather event before expressing his gratitude to the staff and patients of the medical center.
“Most storm-related injuries occur after the storm. Use safety measures when assessing your home and property. NMCCL is honored that patients and staff entrusted us with their care during Hurricane Dorian."