We hope you accessed our website immediately after Hurricane Harvey hit for resources on how our members could help those hit by the storm. Relief efforts continue and the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has updated its list of ways you can volunteer your time and skills or make donations. We extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this massive storm.
We also continue to be in contact with our colleagues on the front lines at the Texas Medical Association (TMA). They have provided information on how we can help and also encouraged donations to the TMA Family of Medicine Disaster Relief Program, which provides help specifically to physicians whose practices were devastated by the storm.
Donate Your Time: Physicians Wishing to Volunteer in Texas
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to help with Harvey disaster response. E-mail health care provider information (provider’s name, provider type, state of license, and license identification number) to: [email protected].
Expedited permit information for out-of-state physicians not affiliated with a hospital.
Volunteer Your Time Via Telemedicine:
North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) member Karyn Hargett, MD, a pediatrician in Jacksonville, sent information about her work with R.O.W.E., a Houston-based telemedicine network of 60 physicians in 21 states. Dr. Hargett, as a part of the ROWE network, is seeing patients — both in and out of Houston shelters — virtually and without charge. As noted above, the Texas Medical Board has allowed temporary medical  licenses for physicians seeing patients affected by the hurricane. That includes out-of-state physicians who would like to see patients virtually. RoweDocs is working closely with the Houston Mayor’s office and is a part of the disaster relief efforts.
If you would like to help by see patients virtually, please email:  [email protected] or [email protected] — indicate “HARVEY help” in the subject line.
Support Disaster Relief Funds

  • Red Cross: You can make a donation by texting HARVEY to 90999 to help the Red Cross or visit their websiteto make a gift.
  • Salvation Army: Support the Salvation Army by texting STORM to 51555 or visit their websiteto learn more and make a donation.

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