Lexington nurses heading to North Carolina to help with storm relief

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - This weekend, a team of Kentucky nurses are heading to North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. Three members of that team work for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Stephanie Carpenter and two other nurses who work at the Health Department are a part of a team of 12 Kentucky medical staff who are being sent to work at shelters in areas impacted by the hurricane.

"It's a really great feeling to be able to go down there and help people," said Carpenter.

The nurses don't know many details about where they will be stationed in North Carolina, but they plan to travel to the state Sunday afternoon and will be there for 14 days. The nurses say they are ready to assist in any way that they can.

"Just do our basic, normal nursing functions for those that may be sick, injured, need help physically or mentally," said Carpenter.

The nurses are not sure what to expect. they still don't know where they will sleep or even how they will get to North Carolina.

"We are just taking ourselves and the things we need and we'll use the things we got when we get there," said Carpenter.

But whatever lies ahead, Carpenter says she and the other nurses are prepared for the challenge.

"I just hope we're able to help someone. If we're able to help one person, it'll be fine"

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