Kentucky nurses heading to hurricane zone

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A group of nurses here in central Kentucky will be heading out to North Carolina this weekend to help with hurricane relief.

Three nurses from the Fayette County Health Department say they will be joining a group of eight nurses from across the state who will be deployed to North Carolina this Sunday to help with Hurricane Florence relief.

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But right now, as that storm continues to pummel that area of the country, they say they don’t know exactly where they will be deployed.

“It could change at any moment just based on need,” said Stephanie Carpenter, a registered nurse with the Fayette County Health Department.

Carpenter is one of the nurses heading to the storm zone this weekend.



“We have no idea what to expect. I expect to do a lot of our nursing duties, seeing a lot of sick people, a lot of injured people,” said Carpenter.

For Carpenter, this will be her first time ever helping in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

“I said to my family, how do you pack for a disaster? Nobody knows,” said Carpenter.

Carpenter says to try and get a better understanding, she and her fellow nurses have been glued to the Hurricane Florence coverage

“We have. I think all of us that are going have been watching it a little bit just to try to see what we’re in for,” said Carpenter.

Even with all this uncertainty, Carpenter says she’s not nervous.

“It’s going to be difficult but we can do it. You know it’s something that we prepare for and train for and it’s time to use that training,” said Carpenter.