Bracing for Impact

Bracing for Impact

January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016 -Today, our thoughts are especially with those on the East Coast (like us!) who are bracing for Winter Storm Jonas to make its way up the coast.  We have seen reports that at up to 85 million – or nearly 1 in 4 Americans – were covered by a weather-related watch, warning, or advisory. Our thoughts and prayers are will every single one of them.

Events like this are exactly why we do what we do. We have spent the day tracking forecasts, reading situation reports and other updates, but we’ve also spent time reaching out to you, companies and departments at the local level, who are preparing for this storm.  We know that state emergency operations centers (EOCs) and many business emergency operations centers (BEOCs) across the region are beginning to activate, and thousands of first responders and suppliers and distributors alike have been mobilized. We are eternally grateful for their life-saving work and poised to do what we can to support their efforts.

We stand ready to assist, and will be producing reports over the next few days to continue to share updates, information, and best practices as we receive them.  If you have a challenge, are seeking information, or have a request for assistance, don’t hesitate to call or email us (Alerts@HealthcareReady.org).

As of now, we know that most states along the East Coast have issued emergency declarations – including DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania – and New York City has a travel advisory.  Airlines in the D.C/Maryland/Virginia area are already canceling flights and rail travel (including DC shutting down the metro after 5pm on Friday).

We will produce another update tomorrow, when we expect to shift to ENGAGED status.

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicolette A. Louissaint is Director of Programming at Healthcare Ready. Prior to this position, 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. Nicolette earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, specializing in HIV Clinical Pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.