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VU offers help to employees through flood-assistance plan

By Leslie Hast
July 2010

Nashville and Middle Tennessee continue to recover from the historic storms and massive flooding that took place May 1 and 2, and Vanderbilt University remains focused on helping members of the Vanderbilt community cope with their personal losses.

Days after the flooding occurred the University quickly implemented a faculty, staff and trainee needs assessment survey to gather information that helped the University gauge what response would be most beneficial. It proved to be a vital tool in helping impacted employees.

As of mid May, 67 employees reported that their residence was totally destroyed in the flood; 286 reported that their residence was currently uninhabitable but salvageable; and another 510 reported having a livable residence with damage exceeding $5,000. The survey also asked about transportation, dependent care, food needs, etc.

Though overall damage at VUMC was minimal compared with the losses experienced by others, the Medical Center experienced the storm’s wrath and responded quickly and appropriately.

As the historic rains fell, water began to intrude the basements of The Vanderbilt Clinic and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. VUMC went on orange alert for internal and external flooding and the Emergency Operations Center opened in Medical Center North.
Children’s Hospital sterile processing had to be relocated and clinics located in the basement of TVC were damaged, but VUMC remained fully operational. Three clinics were affected by the TVC basement flooding: Radiation Oncology, Neurology and Pulmonology.

For coverage of the flood’s impact on Vanderbilt employees, please visit the June issue of House Organ at www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/houseorgan.

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