Tracking Hurricane Joaquin: Update #2 (Focusing on Recovery)

October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015 - Now that the storm has passed and Hurricane Joaquin is out to sea, we face the response and recovery campaign to restore normalcy to the people of South Carolina. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in affected areas at this time.

Following requests from FEMA and private sector partners, we activated our web-based tool, Rx Open. Rx Open shows the location of open, closed and unknown pharmacies and may be used by citizens in affected areas to locate open pharmacies. Rx Open has also proven to be a useful tool for first responders and government officials to assess damages and gather critical information on Hurricane Joaquin's impact on public health.

We will also continue to monitor the impacts of the severe flooding in South Carolina and related power outages.

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

As always, we are standing by, ready to assist those in the impacted areas. 

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.