Tracking Hurricane Joaquin: Update #1

Tracking Hurricane Joaquin

October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015 - On the heels of National Preparedness Month, Healthcare Ready is monitoring Hurricane Joaquin – still a category 4 storm – and has moved to ALERT status in preparation for the storm potentially making landfall in the next few days. Though it seems to be changing course towards the Atlantic, we will continue to monitor its path. We have not activated Rx Open at this time, but are ready and standing by prepared to do so if necessary.

The National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center are predicting up to one foot of rain, with extreme winds (up to 40 mph), until Monday. Serious flooding and power outages are a possibility. This weather system may not hit land, but could still cause damage through Tuesday.


Healthcare Ready is standing by ready to support healthcare, public health and communities who may be impacted by the hurricane. We know how unpredictable these storms can be and although landfall is unlikely, we are prepared for the worst. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Bahamas, and those affected in the United States.

Nicolette 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.