Bracing for Jonas: HcR Update #2

January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 - The storm has moving along the East Coast and we have already seen emergency declarations issued in: VA, DC, MD, PA, WV, NC, GA and KY. Blizzard warnings have been issued for Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; New York City, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Tennessee has already seen significant effects from the storm, and has reported one death. North Carolina has reported four deaths.

We have state power outage status and emergency declarations available, if needed.

There have been power outages reported across the South. Information we received this afternoon shows:

  • 9,700+ Arkansas customers are without power
  • 2,100+ Nashville, TN customers are without power
  • Almost 30,000 North Carolina customers are without power
  • 900 power outages reported in Virginia

There is an expectation that precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue in the South through this evening, with temperatures below freezing. The icy conditions may increase the number of citizens without power, a situation that may last over the next 24 hours. Blizzard and white-out conditions are expected from Virginia up to Connecticut.

As of the posting of this blog, we have received no messages requesting assistance for access or re-entry. Our BEOC contacts have noted that they have not yet received requests either. 

Please note that Maryland has lifted insurance restrictions on prescription refills. Information can be found here. We will continue to track similar updates from across the affected states and encourage you to send updates to alerts@healthcareready.org.

If you become aware of situation(s) that may adversely affect healthcare supply or care in the affected area, or would like to request the assistance of Healthcare Ready, please contact the Healthcare Ready Support Team at alerts@healthcareready.org or call 1.866.247.2694.

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.