Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey Relief

August 29th, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the southern region of Texas has experienced record flooding throughout the past couple days. Heavy rain continues to fall in areas such as Houston and floodwaters are expected to continue rising for days. Disasters such as this one displace thousands of people and create a tremendous need for assistance and donations. With record floodwaters, more than 450,000 people are likely to seek federal aid, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and, according to officials, floodwaters are not expected to peek until Wednesday or Thursday. As floodwater continues to rise in the upcoming days, many organizations are doing vital work to ensure the safety and well-being of displaced citizens. It is crucial that those affected by this disaster receive the proper care and medical assistance they may need as soon as possible.

We have been activated since Thursday evening and have also turned on the tool RxOpen in response to this event. We have been working closely with our members in non-governmental organizations and in the private sector to respond to individuals who are stuck in disaster affected areas. Since activation, we have provided alerts and updates to our members on the development of Hurricane Harvey and its potential impact in southern Texas and surrounding areas. We will continue to ensure healthcare needs are addressed in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and stand by our partners to provide any assistance that may be needed.

Here at Healthcare Ready, we are working diligently to provide emergency response to citizens in need of assistance during this time. Healthcare Ready remains activated and engaged to support the response efforts of Tropical Storm Harvey until the situation stabilizes. While the impacts to healthcare and public health continue to escalate, we will remain activated and ready to assist. If you have any requests for assistance contact us at

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.