Hurricane Harvey: A test of our capabilities

Hurricane Harvey: A test of our capabilities

August 25, 2017


For the past day, meteorologists, emergency managers, and public health officials have been monitoring the movement of once Tropical Storm, now Hurricane Harvey. A storm that’s expected to touch down in Texas as a category 2 hurricane and intensify to a category 3, this is one of the strongest storms we’ve seen hit the Gulf Coast in nearly 12 years. Based on projections, this storm is going to provide sustained rains, winds and dangerous flooding for days.

There is still time to prepare, and evacuate (if recommended by local emergency managers). But this is also a test of the emergency management infrastructure that we’ve put in place. We’re proud to see the emergency management community move quickly to begin coordination activities, pre-position supplies (including life-saving medicines and medical supplies), and begin notifying the public about preparedness measures. We are even using social media in novel ways to share resources, spread information and field questions from citizens (and colleagues).

Healthcare Ready activated yesterday and will remain activated while response and recovery efforts are underway. Sign up for our notifications to stay up to date on our activities. Our Rx Open map has been turned on and will provide pharmacy status information for Texas and Louisiana during this event.

If you or partners have requests for assistance, please contact us at or (866)247-2694. Stay safe.


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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.