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When Disaster Strikes, TMA is There
Dozens of Texas physicians and medical students, along with nurses and other health care professionals, rushed to Haiti to help the injured after the January earthquake. Many went as part of organized missions, and most paid their own way. Some stayed only three or four days, others as long as two weeks. All said they felt compelled to go and use their skills to help people.
TMA Disaster Team Stands Ready to Assist
Disaster Preparedness Resource Center
When disaster strikes are Texas physicians prepared? With a resounding "yes" we must remain on high alert to ensure an effective response from Texas physicians in times of a disaster or evacuation. With the constant threat of terrorism, pandemic influenza, avian influenza as well as natural disasters TMA has created the disaster preparedness resource page which outlines recommendations to assist you during an emergency response situation.
The Physicians Benevolent Fund Disaster Relief Program
The purpose of the PBF Disaster Relief Program is to reestablish the delivery of medical care to areas of Texas declared “federally designated disaster areas”. Based upon the availability of funding, PBF grants physicians who are victims of such disaster with financial assistance to help restore their medical practice. In the event of a disaster, please return to this page for more information regarding how to apply. To make a donation, please visit the TMA Foundation.
Angels of the Storm
TMA responded to the human suffering and devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina by mobilizing physicians across Texas to care for the thousands of evacuees who flooded into the state in September. Physicians took time from their own practices to treat patients in shelters in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Lubbock, and many medium-size and small cities throughout Texas. And when Hurricane Rita struck later in the month, they were there again. It was a powerful demonstration of what organized medicine can do.
Hurricane Rita Forces Texas Physicians Back Into Action
Texas physicians were just catching their breath after the unprecedented medical response to Hurricane Katrina in late September, when another unwelcome visitor showed up on the state's doorstep. Hurricane Rita, which came ashore on the Texas-Louisiana coast in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, sent some 2.5 million coastal residents fleeing inland, causing physicians to mobilize one more time.
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