Hurricane Joaquin pummeled the Carolinas with more than 20 inches of rain in some regions, with flash flooding affecting many areas. Homes and businesses alike suffered from the deluge, and recovery efforts will commence as the storm passes. Dentists whose practices were affected by the storm should know that help is available.
The ADA has reached out to dental societies in the Carolinas and other at-risk areas on the East Coast to provide information for members. The organization also advises members in need to first call their state associations, followed by calls to the ADA Member Service Center.
The Member Service Center can be reached at (312) 440-2500, from 8:30 am to 5 pm CST, Monday through Friday. Preparation and recovery information also is available at the ADA’s webpage for disaster preparation and recovery. The page includes information on grant programs for individuals and 501(c)(3) organizations.
Individuals also are encouraged to check with their state associations for more about disaster recovery. Additionally, the ADA Foundation offers disaster assistance grants, which provide immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster. These grants address immediate needs like:
- Bottled water
- Medicine and medical supplies
- Emergency shelter
Grants may total up to $2,000 for each applicant, depending on the number of applicants and the available funds. All requests for grants should be made within 60 days of the disaster.