Fuel Shortage Alert!

Fuel Shortage Update – 5/17/21

Last week, HCA was able to provide fuel for critical areas at Mission Health that depend on fuel to deliver care. These included CarePartners home health nurses, lab and pharmacy couriers, emergency vehicles and many others. Take a look at this video to watch how HCA Healthcare was able to support Mission Health during this crisis.

 


 

Fuel Shortage Update – 5/12/21

There continues to be a fuel shortage in WNC due to the Colonial Pipeline disruption. This morning WLOS reported that 24.8% of NC stations are out of fuel, however, refills are also occurring. We are grateful that at the request of our Emergency Operations Committee, HCA Healthcare was able to get a first tanker of fuel that arrived this morning. Plans are underway for distribution of this fuel so that there is no disruption to the critical patient care that our Mission Health team provides across the region. The first priority will be given to main courier routes for blood, laboratory, laundry, pharmacy, supply chain as well as fueling our regional emergency transportation, security, and our CarePartners home health nursing teams – focusing on those patients with immediate life safety needs.

At this time our reserve fuel is for these clinical needs only over the next 24 hours, as there is still fuel available in the region. However, please know that plans are also underway for wider fuel distribution should it be needed if this shortage continues. In the meantime, we encourage you and your teams to be conservative with fuel personally and in your Mission Health roles. One resource that is available is Gas Buddy, where you can input your zip code or location and see where fuel is available near you, https://www.gasbuddy.com/gasprices/north-carolina/asheville

WLOS also provided these simple tips for fuel conservation:
• Plan ahead to accomplish multiple errands in one trip, and whenever possible avoid high-traffic times of day.
• If you own more than one car, use the most fuel-efficient model that meets the needs of any given journey.
• Remove unnecessary and bulky items from your car. Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use. It takes more fuel to accelerate a heavier car, and the reduction in fuel economy is greater for small cars than for larger models.
• Minimize your use of air conditioning. Even at highway speeds, open windows have less effect on fuel economy than the engine power required to operate the air conditioning compressor.
• In hot weather, park in the shade or use a windshield sunscreen to lessen heat buildup inside the car. This reduces the need for air conditioning (and thus fuel) to cool down the car.

Our EOC will continue to closely monitor this fuel situation and will provide updates as available. Thank you for all you do to care for western North Carolina.

 


 

Fuel Shortage Alert – 5/11/21

You are likely aware of the Colonial Pipeline disruption that is impacting fuel availability in our region. First, please know that our HCA Healthcare Emergency Operations Committees (EOC) locally and nationally have been working on plans to support our Mission Health colleagues and patient care. We are working out the details to have fuel supplies in place for MAMA, patient ground transport, security, home health, and other care areas where fuel is essential.

As individuals, we encourage everyone to take the following steps:

  1. Conserve as much fuel as possible over the next few days.
  2. If you see a station with gas available, please let your colleagues know.
  3. Purchase only as much fuel as you need. Don’t make the shortage worse by taking more than necessary.
  4. If you know a colleague that lives near you, and are comfortable, please consider carpooling.
  5. Monitoring news reports, relevant social media pages or gas availability apps may be helpful over the next few days.

Every member of our team is essential to caring for our community’s health, so please take the steps necessary to be prepared. Should you find yourself in a situation where transportation may be a challenge, please reach out to your supervisor.

Our EOC will continue to closely monitor this fuel situation and will provide updates as available. Thank you for all you do to care for western North Carolina.

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