Disaster Preparedness & Response Resource Center: Hurricane Harvey

  • A Flood of Problems

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    Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast in late August. Widespread flooding in the Houston area wiped out thousands of homes and businesses, including countless medical facilities and practices. Although the short-term health concerns may be apparent, longer-term effects associated with stress and environmental issues can be harder to spot.

    Public Health Concerns and More  
  • Harvey Update: TMA's Latest Update

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    Areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey have entered full recovery phase as the storm has moved out of the state. The state has put a variety of resources in place, but recovery and public health initiatives will be coordinated mostly by local officials and facilities in the affected areas.

    Up-to-Date News and Information  
  • Docs Dig Out From the Storm

    TMA takes you inside the recovery effort in Aransas Pass, where physicians and staff are doing everything they can to restore hope and health care to their community.

    Watch the Video
  • TMA Survey Report on Hurricane Harvey

    In September of 2017, a survey was emailed to 13,696 Texas physicians, both members and nonmembers, from counties listed by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) as affected by Hurricane Harvey. After four days, responses were received from 524 physicians with practices from the 39 counties designated by FEMA as official disaster areas. Highlights from the analysis include as a result of Hurricane Harvey, 65 percent of physicians temporarily closed their practice and 35 percent reduced their hours or services.

    See the Results Here

  • Reviewing the Response to Harvey

    TMA takes you inside the recovery effort in Aransas Pass, where physicians and staff are doing everything they can to restore hope and health care to their community.

    Watch the Discussion
  • ''It Was a Little Lake in There''

    See a video of floodwaters rising into NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care and the damage caused by the storm. 

    Read About the Damage Caused By the Storm
  • Access Medical Info for Displaced Texans

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    It is difficult to watch as our beloved state suffers from the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey. Even more difficult is the number of Texans displaced as they evacuate to safe places. This means many Texans are seeking medical care outside of their usual region or network of physicians. It helps to know that health information exchanges (HIE) are available to assist physicians by providing access to a patient’s information at the point of care.

    Learn How to Access Patient Records  
  • Volunteering

    Volunteer to help (Link to the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry)

    The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry is run by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas physicians can sign up with the registry as a volunteer to provide medical help to Texas communities during or after a disaster.  

  • Helping Your Practice Survive an Emergency or Disaster

    Every healthcare office should maintain written policies for addressing any kind of emergency (e.g., utility disruption or a manmade disaster) and particularly inclement weather and hurricanes. Physicians should also be aware of emergency management plans in the county or community. Click here for a list of local Texas emergency preparedness websites provided by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

    Here are a few important tips for you and your staff when dealing with an emergency or disaster:

    • Know where your office gas, electricity, and water connections are in case you need to turn them off. Keep back-up generators or a storage plan for your refrigerating systems.
    • Protect your patient records accordingly.
    • Prepare your staff with employee contact lists and information sheets so you and your staff can communicate if an evacuation is necessary.
  • Preparedness Information for Your Patients

    Physicians can play a significant role in helping patients prepare and respond to disaster situations. Patients, especially those with fragile health, should be counseled on the importance of having a disaster plan in place for themselves and their families.

    In addition, physicians can help their patients prepare by:

    • Reminding special needs patients frequently of the 2-1-1 Texas system and instructing them to register with 2-1-1 if they think they will need assistance.
    • Providing guidance to patients with special needs, including pregnant women and those with chronic conditions or disabilities.
    • Discussing maintenance of medications and equipment during a disaster, as well as how to obtain additional medication or equipment if needed.
    • Directing patients to preparedness planning resources such as texasprepares.org, and ready.gov.
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    TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state. 

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