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Be advised: Due to the expected trajectory of Hurricane Florence, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have declared a State of Emergency (SOE) for all areas within each state. The SOEs are effective September 7 through October 7.

Update #4: TRICARE extends referral waiver to Sept. 30 for North Carolina and South Carolina patients affected by Hurricane Florence

Update #3: TRICARE announces temporary prescription changes for beneficiaries in Georgia affected by Hurricane Florence

Update #2: TRICARE announces temporary suspension of physician referrals for beneficiaries in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia affected by Hurricane Florence

Update #1: Hurricane threat’s a reminder to be prepared for health care needs

During this time, TRICARE has approved emergency prescription refills for the states affected by the SOEs. More information and resources are available on the TRICARE Disaster Alerts page.

To obtain critical information about your health benefits, please access the Hurricane Florence Infographic.

Additional information can be found at the following resources:

Seventy one years ago today, the U.S. Air Force became an independent service, creating a new breed of warriors to own and protect the skies. Ever since, Airmen have protected America from air, space and cyberspace aggression.
Each squadron in the Air Force faces different stressors and health challenges that require unique solutions. General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, is leading an effort to revitalize Air Force squadrons.
Air National Guard Airmen are key to supporting Total Force readiness. Training agreements with civilian hospitals are vital to helping them achieve this support.
Sexual assault can be a deeply traumatizing event in anyone’s life. Across the Air Force, Airmen and their families have access to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response or Family Advocacy Program resources to get support and guidance on how to move forward.
One thing Airmen worry about when they deploy is the well-being of their family, especially children who may have a hard time coping with the challenges that come with a parent’s deployment. The impact of deployment on children is a key component of Airmen readiness. Knowing their family is well helps Airmen focus on the mission.

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The 99th Medical Group’s #partnership with the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (@UMCSN) through the Sustained Medical and Readiness Training (SMART) program saved hundreds of lives during the fatal shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. #Partnerships like this contribute to the community and ensure Airmen maintain clinical readiness. The Air Force values this partnership with UMCSN and is pleased that our clinicians were able to contribute.
Sickle cell trait is an inherited blood condition that affects about 3 million people in the U.S. People with sickle cell trait usually have no symptoms, but can develop dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or muscle pain with extreme exertion or dehydration. Watch this video to learn how Airmen with the #SickleCell trait can prevent these health problems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5JQpVE2We8
Did you know your lips have some of the thinnest skin on your body, making them more vulnerable to sun burns? Protect them from harmful sun rays by wearing a lip balm with SPF! #SummerSafetyTip
Today is World Blood Donor Day! Get info on how and where you can donate to save #military lives: http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Donors/where_to_give.aspx
Tune into the @TRICARE Facebook live today at 3:15 pm EST to ask questions and get the answers you need to #TakeCommand of your health.
Summer is here and it’s time for school and sports physicals. The Pediatrics Clinic at Shaw AFB, will have limited availability of appointments through the summer season. If you are unable to schedule an appointment at Shaw AFB, school and sports physicals can be obtained from several local network clinics, including those listed below, for an out of pocket fee (typically $10 - $50). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please schedule your child’s school and sports physical soon. ********Patients Must Bring Schools Forms to Physical Appointments*********** Dr’s Care 2475 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 778-6555 Ages 11 and up Colonial Family Practice Urgent Care 325 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150 803-773-5227 Fast ER Care 3440 Declaration Blvd Sumter, SC 29154-8139 (803) 905-3278
Cover up, seek shade, and drink fluids to reduce your risk of #heat related illness. #SummerSafetyTip
This month we highlight #MensHealth, sharing resources to minimize top health risks for men such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/Healthy-Living/Health-Month/June/Mens-Health-Toolkit/
If you are struggling with #PTSD and don’t know where to start getting treatment, your MTF primary care physicians can screen for PTSD and initiate further evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment. #PTSDawareness
Health Promotions continues to support and promote Men's Health Month. Throughout the month of June an oversized blue tie will be at the 20 MDG Atrium (main Clinic Entry Way). Please stop by to hang a bow tie with a short message to a male in your life who has survived or is currently battling cancer or other health related conditions/diseases. There are educational materials avalable as well on various men's health topics. If you have any questions please contact Health Promotions at 895-1216.
AFMS Global Health Engagement teams collaborate with allies, partners, host nations, and other government agencies to strengthen international alliances and #partnerships. More than 300 Airmen are assigned to GHE missions at MTFs around the globe, ready to build partner nation capabilities, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
#Readiness is key in all we do. To stand ready, the AFMS maintains #partnerships with civilian hospitals, like the University of Alabama at Birmingham (@UAB.edu), to keep our Airmen current, trained, and equipped to deliver a full spectrum of military medical operations. Read more about our partnership with UAB: http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1445743/sost-members-earn-bronze-star-medals/
It’s #MilitaryMedicineAppreciation month! Go out and thank an Air Force medical professional for their service and dedication!
The importance of communication for service members and their families cannot be understated. A speech pathologist can help if you think you or a family member may have a speech disorder. Learn the signs here: http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/Your-Healthcare/Healthy-Living/Health-Month/May/Hearing-and-Speech-Toolkit/
Need help with Secure Messaging? To reach the TOL Patient Portal Secure Messaging help desk, please call 1-866-309-… https://t.co/Lk4VpUdG3U
.@TRICARE is establishing an open enrollment season. Watch this video to learn more about what this means for your… https://t.co/YByfKAsj4G
Update on #HurricaneFlorence: TRICARE has extends referral waivers to Sept. 30 for North Carolina and South Carolin… https://t.co/eV8k1BZGor
Air Force surgeons at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. performed the first Air Force… https://t.co/cjDLsgbURv
"We have empowered our youngest Airmen to solve problems" said Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg addressing attendees at the As… https://t.co/ggkmrLBV1d
#TBT With age come wisdom. Col Victor Byrnes, the acting deputy commanding officer of the School of Aviation Medici… https://t.co/AEhO8BOij1
Sometimes a healing hand can have a lasting impact on generations to come. Air Force humanitarian missions not only… https://t.co/CRcseU7eaq
Congrats to the 97th Air Mobility Wing Medical Group, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., for achieving 1,000 Days of p… https://t.co/p2i7lrmMWG
The Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) program embeds Airmen in some of the nation… https://t.co/Un4hCJdyvL
RT @TRICARE: TRICARE is establishing an open enrollment season. Watch this video to learn more about what this means for your TRICARE benef…
Gaining weight as you age is normal, but excess weight gain can pose serious health risks. The CEMM eWellness app c… https://t.co/l8sZGgrR0j
One unit. One family. Active duty and reserve Airmen came together in exercise #UltimateCaduceus to test the abilit… https://t.co/GnEqSfuqTS
@HomefrontHugs @AETCommand @GenDaveGoldfein Based on the specific needs of the squadron, a mental health profession… https://t.co/uxivGp800n
RT @MilitaryHealth: As an ongoing mission to serve #milfams, leaders from across the @DoD_DHA, @NavyMedicine, @USAFHealth, @ArmyMedicine, a…
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