Another Year of Disaster Responses – What We’ve Accomplished and How You Can Help

Another Year of Disaster Responses – What We’ve Accomplished and How You Can Help

November 27, 2018

November 27 – 2018 has been another year of record-breaking disasters, including the largest and deadliest fires to ever occur in California, multiple Atlantic hurricanes affecting states from Virginia down to Florida, and some of the strongest storms to ever affect Hawai’i and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific. The frequency and severity of these events have underscored not only the trend toward a new normal for disaster management, but also the need for close coordination between first responders, government, and private sector organizations to respond effectively. Healthcare Ready is proud to provide this critical coordination during disasters.

When we activate our Emergency Operations Center, we work with partners in the public and private sectors to connect government agencies, emergency managers, and first responders to ensure patients stay connected to healthcare. In 2018, Healthcare Ready activated for over eight separate major disasters that affected nine states and territories with a combined population of over 100 million people. Healthcare Ready’s activations for these events totaled over 60 days at ENGAGED status.

Over the course of these activations, Healthcare Ready responded to over 250 requests for assistance and information from the private sector, federal, state, and county emergency management agencies, and individual patients, providing assistance including:

  • Coordinating close to 30 deliveries of critical medical supplies to shelters and medical facilities in the affected areas
  • Arranging evacuation for over 150 dialysis patients to receive treatment
  • Facilitating donations of over 6,000 donated hygiene kits, 500 doses of naloxone, and 2 deliveries of urgently needed medical oxygen tanks to medical needs shelters
  • Mapping the status of more than 24,000 pharmacies on Rx Open

While the majority of requests for assistance and information occurred during activations for Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Healthcare Ready also shared critical information on pharmacy status, emergency refill laws and policies, insurance information, prescription assistance programs (e.g. EPAP) and more for other events.

We are happy to be able to assist survivors during and after disasters through our activations. You can contribute to disaster response and recovery, too – donate to Healthcare Ready today, Giving Tuesday, or designate Healthcare Ready as your charity on AmazonSmile to automatically support our work through your purchases at no cost to you.

Financial donations to relief organizations like Healthcare Ready make the most difference for survivors. Please consider supporting our mission this holiday season.

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicolette A. Louissaint is the Executive Director of Healthcare Ready. Prior to this position, Nicolette served as the organization's Director of Programming. Before joining Healthcare Ready Nicolette served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. During the height of the Ebola Epidemic of 2014, Nicolette served as the Senior Advisor to the State Department’s Special Coordinator for Ebola.