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The Hill

Climate change: Communities hold the key to disaster preparedness

June 26, 2019

As climate change causes increasingly frequent and disastrous events, we must be more prepared than ever to face a crisis. A recent poll found t... (more)

Government Technology

Readiness Survey Suggests More People Are Concerned About Disasters

June 5, 2019

In an interview with Jim McKay from Government Technology, Healthcare Ready Executive Director, Nicolette Louissaint recaps the findings from Healt... (more)

Supply Chain Dive

In disaster response, health supply chain egos melt away

June 4, 2019

Two years after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the pharmaceutical industry reflects on the coordination efforts across reponse agencies to resotre and... (more)

Modern Healthcare

U.S. disaster preparedness slows, illustrating fragile healthcare safety net

May 8, 2019

The U.S. is better equipped than in the past to manage health emergencies, but progress slowed last year as regional inequities in preparedness per... (more)


Tackling the Needs of Vulnerable Populations Across Urban and Rural Communities

March 8, 2019

Different community needs necessitate different plans to support those communities after a crisis. (more)


What Is a 'Vulnerable Population' and What Do They Need?

February 18, 2019

As we explore the definition and needs of “vulnerable populations,” it’s important to first examine the concept of vulnerability and the factors th... (more)

RealClear Health

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Disaster Response

January 14, 2019

After two years of intense hurricane seasons, active wildfires, and the worst flu season in decades, it’s safe to say that the resources of the eme... (more)

UPTOWN Magazine

The Varying Levels of Vulnerability in the Face of Disaster

December 26, 2018

By defining what it means to be a vulnerable population or individual, we can better assess their needs for support. As we close out a year filled ... (more)

Emergency Management

Hurricanes Florence, Michael Raise the Issue of Public Health During Disaster

October 17, 2018

An editorial in North Carolina’s Fayetteville Observer began by saying, “Hurricane Florence turned the Cape Fear River into more of an open sewer t... (more)

Huffington Post

Hurricane Maria’s Effect On The Health Care Industry Is Threatening Lives Across The U.S.

September 20, 2018

A year after the storm hit Puerto Rico, IV saline bags — a bedrock of medical care — are still hard to find. (more)

The Hill

What Puerto Rico’s death toll really tells us

September 7, 2018

The recently released report from the Milken Institute is perhaps the strongest rebuke to date on the impact of Hurricane Maria during the 2017 hur... (more)

UPTOWN Magazine

Grabbing a Seat at the Table: Women of Color in Emergency Management

August 20, 2018

If you’re a young woman trying to forge a path in an industry dominated by men, it’s likely you’ve encountered many challenges to your success alon... (more)

International Hospitals and Healthcare Review

Interview with International Hospitals and Healthcare Review

August 1, 2018

US-based organisation Healthcare Ready works to ensure patients have access to medicine and healthcare during disease outbreaks. Dr Nicolette Louis... (more)

Modern Healthcare

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

July 16, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was acutely unprepared for the unprecedented 2017 hurricane season, leaving many providers in Puerto Rico, ... (more)

The Hill

In times of disaster, patients expect government to step up to meet their needs

July 9, 2018

Recent news of the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Nipah virus outbreak in India have reminded the world of threat... (more)

Emergency Management

Survey Respondents Say a Disaster Is Imminent in the Next Five Years

June 21, 2018

A national survey of more than 1,127 adults found that slightly more than half (51 percent) believed it was very likely or somewhat likely that a d... (more)


Congress needs to back legislation supporting disaster preparedness

June 15, 2018

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has been holding hearings on the current state of U.S. public health bioprepar... (more)

International Hospitals & Healthcare Review

Patients worried about natural disasters and healthcare

June 5, 2018

Healthcare Ready, which works to strengthen healthcare through public-private collaboration and addressing pressing issues before, during and after... (more)

Storm surge: After Irma, Harvey and Maria, providers prep for a new hurricane season

June 4, 2018

Healthcare Ready executive director Nicolette Louissaint was featured in a Modern Healthcare piece about how healthcare providers are preparing for... (more)

The Hill

One month out from 2018 hurricane season — are we prepared?

May 12, 2018

The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season left a decade’s worth of recovery efforts in its wake. And while many groups remain focused on recovery, eme... (more)

UPTOWN Magazine

The Biggest Threat to Vulnerable Populations: Short Attention Spans

April 26, 2018

As someone with Caribbean roots, I grew wise early on to the destructive power of hurricanes and the threat they posed to my family on the islands. (more)

Pharmacy Today

Pharmacy needs after a natural disaster

April 6, 2018

Five days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September, 20, 2017, only about 29% of pharmacies reporting to Healthcare Ready sai... (more)

Uptown Magazine

Let’s Avoid a Global Pandemic: It’s Time to Reconsider Our Approach to Flu.

March 22, 2018

As the flu season slows, now is a good time to reflect on what we saw and what we can learn. (more)

The Hill

Healthcare Ready | Are we doing enough to protect the health care supply chain?

March 20, 2018

As one of the worst on record, and only just peaking, this year’s flu season has garnered significant media attention. (more)

The New York Times

Healthcare Ready | Healthcare Ready Partners with Google to Help Improve Future Disaster Response Efforts

February 27, 2018

Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit focused on improving the resiliency of healthcare systems to better meet health needs amid disaster, today announced ... (more)

CBS News

Why so many medicines are in short supply months after Hurricane Maria

February12, 2018

The nation's health care system is still reeling from Hurricane Maria five months after the killer storm hit. Along with Puerto Rico's electrical g... (more)

Domestic Preparedness

New Emergency Rule: Challenge for Some, Good for All

February 7, 2018

Although most people outside healthcare have little awareness of the rule or its requirements, there are good reasons everyone should understand, a... (more)

Drug Topics

Pharma Supply Chain, Industry Still Recovering from Hurricane Maria

January 29, 2018

The shock waves from Hurricane Maria, which barreled into Puerto Rico in September 2017, are still shaking the pharmaceutical supply chain. Puerto ... (more)

Climate Control Magazine

‘The Last Mile’

December 20, 2017

Dr Nicolette Louissaint, President of Healthcare Ready, spoke exclusively to Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East about the organisation’s m... (more)

Orlando Sentinel

Puerto Rico health care under ‘unimaginable’ stress after Hurricane Maria

December 20, 2017

As Puerto Rico struggles three months after Hurricane Maria, challenges to restore residents’ health and provide medical coverage are widespread. T... (more)

Home Care

The Emergency Preparedness Rule

November 29, 2017

For many health care facilities along the Gulf Coast of the United States, and those in Puerto Rico, the 2017 hurricane season proved to be a “wors... (more)

USA Today

Hurricane Maria halts crucial drug manufacturing in Puerto Rico, may spur shortages

September 22, 2017

The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico brought the island's major pharmaceuticals sector to a screeching halt, as drug companies... (more)

Stat News

Mobile dialysis could save lives in a disaster. But is there a cost to safety?

September 21, 2017

The calls started coming in the days after Hurricane Sandy. Flooded dialysis centers had shuttered across New York and New Jersey. Some patients an... (more)

Huffington Post

How Houston Can Become Stronger After Hurricane Harvey

September 19, 2017

Now that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have subsided, cities in Texas and Florida are grappling with public health emergencies in the form of a toxic ... (more)

NBC Washington

How is Healthcare Ready helping? NBC spotlights our work.

September 10, 2017

How is Healthcare Ready helping? NBC spotlights our work. (more)

Pharmaceutical Commerce

What you aren't hearing about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

September 8, 2017

One of the unexpected—and troubling—news items that came out after Hurricane Katrina clobbered New Orleans in 2005 was the sudden absence of needed... (more)

Pharmacy Today

Disaster Strikes! Are You Ready to Help Your Community?

August 16, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, Hurricane Andrew cut a swath of destruction through south Florida, leveling homes and turning entire neighborhoods into rubble. (more)

US News and World Report

More disasters and disease are headed our way - Will Congress keep us funded and ready?

August 1, 2017

Hurricanes. Zika outbreaks. Wildfires. Flooding. The opioid epidemic. It's not your imagination, the United States continues to experience disaster... (more)

Morning Consult

We Need to Honor the Public’s Call for Preparedness

July 24, 2017

National polls demonstrate that natural disasters are the event Americans are most worried will impact their community, and by a far margin. Americ... (more)

Domestic Preparedness

Resilient Communities – More Than Just “Grit”

May 16, 2017

The upcoming hurricane season and recent reports of disease outbreaks – domestically and abroad – serve as reminders that there are several threats... (more)

Domestic Preparedness

Building Community Resilience Through Health Equity

April 5, 2017

In the past few years, the public health field has moved to account for the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that pos... (more)

RealClear Health

Disaster Relief Depends on Secure Supply Chains

March 30, 2017

A FedEx warehouse might save your life. When hurricanes are approaching, FedEx allows the Red Cross to stock emergency supplies in its warehouses. ... (more)

The Hill

Renew our leadership’s commitment to protecting Americans from outbreaks

March 28, 2017

The future of the Affordable Care Act. The immigration ban. Continued protests. Battles with the media. Every day brings new challenges for the Tru... (more)

Morning Consult

To Bolster National Security, Don’t Cut Scientific Research

March 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is essentially a policy document, outlining the policy priorities of the administration and their plan to ... (more)

Morning Consult

The Key to Medicine Resilience Is Continued Access for All Americans

February 2, 2017

A critical foundational element of any effective health care system is ensuring access to proper care. However, this is something many take for gra... (more)

The Hill

Collaboration Needed for Inauguration Emergency Planning and Beyond

January 19, 2017

Friday’s inauguration, related events and protests will bring millions of people to D.C., which will inevitably cause several disruptions around th... (more)

Palm Beach Post

Zika, Hurricane Season A Dual Threat

September 12, 2016

As Florida cleans up the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine, public health officials are faced with the tough question of whether they have the capabil... (more)

Home Healthcare News

Final CMS Emergency Prep Rule Hits Home Health

September 9, 2016

Under a new final rule, home health agencies and other Medicare-certified providers will be required to meet emergency preparedness standards—or fa... (more)

The New York Times

Health Care Providers Scramble to Meet New Disaster Readiness Rule

September 9, 2016

An estimated 72,315 American health care providers and suppliers--from hospitals and nursing homes to dialysis facilities and care homes for those ... (more)


Are You Prepared for an Emergency? How to Help Yourself and Aging Loved Ones

September 6, 2016

The Louisiana floods in August of 2016 destroyed more than 60,000 homes and forced more than 15,000 people into shelters at the height of the disas... (more)

Emergency Management and Response ISAC InfoGram

Healthcare Ready Helps Medical Supply Chain

September 1, 2016

The one time when it is critical for healthcare facilities to have a strong supply chain is during and after a disaster, but that’s when it’s often... (more)

Global Alliance for Patient Access

What are the Critical International Barriers to Patient Access?

August 25, 2016

Healthy lives and well-being for all are among the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The U.N. calls for “access to quality es... (more)

Provider Magazine

Elderly Evacuation During Natural Disaster A Major Concern, Poll Finds

August 5, 2016

Thirty percent of Americans do not feel comfortable that their elderly relatives will be safely evacuated during a natural disaster, a recent Healt... (more)

National Lieutenant Governors Association

NLGA Passes Resolution In Support Of Healthcare Ready

July 28, 2016

National Lieutenant Governors Association - Resolution In Support Of Healthcare Ready (more)

DomPrep Journal

DomPrep Journal - Challenges

July 27, 2016

The probability of certain public health threats, the costs and funding related to such threats, and the “silo” effect of the public health sector ... (more)

Domestic Preparedness

Bringing Public Health Preparedness Into the 21st Century

July 12, 2016

The probability of certain public health threats, the costs and funding related to such threats, and the “silo” effect of the public health sector ... (more)

Modern Healthcare

Complexity of healthcare requires a new approach to disaster preparedness

June 14, 2016

Every year, the start of summer begins with a familiar refrain predicting the severity of the upcoming hurricane season. This year, forecasters say... (more)

The Times-Picayune

More than terrorism or global pandemic, we fear natural disasters

June 2, 2016

Two days into the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, a new survey shows that U.S. residents fear natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floo... (more)

Fierce Healthcare

Americans ill-prepared for health issues following natural disasters

June 2, 2016

Americans are ill-prepared to handle health conditions in the event of a natural disaster, according to a new survey commissioned by Healthcare Rea... (more)

Pharmaceutical Commerce

Strengthening healthcare and pharmaceutical supply chains is critical for healthcare resiliency

May 6, 2016

One of the many lessons learned from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the existence of catastrophic gaps in protecting patients’ ac... (more)

NBC News

Americans Are Buying Up Insect Repellent Amid Zika Worries

March 23, 2016

Zika headlines have Americans freaked out about mosquito bites, and that's good news for companies that make bug repellent. Shoppers are stocking ... (more)

US News and World Report

The Zika Test

February 9, 2016

Reports of the Zika virus outbreak throughout Brazil and the Centers for Disease Control's warning for pregnant women not to travel to the area rei... (more)

Real Simple Magazine

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

January 20, 2016

The facts on the mosquito-borne disease that has the CDC urging some travelers to reconsider their vacations. (more)

The Hill

Preparing for the next hurricane isn’t enough

October 16, 2015

As South Carolina recovers from the tremendous flooding and damage from Hurricane Joaquin, one of the considerations will be how we could have been... (more)

Pharmacy Times

Hurricane Joaquin: Help Prepared for Pharmacies

October 2, 2015

As Hurricane Joaquin blasts the Bahamas, many have feared that the storm would travel north to the East Coast. Although a landfall on US ground i... (more)

PhRMA Conversations

How can we learn from previous disasters to plan for future ones as a community?

September 30, 2015

The idea that someday everything you love could be threatened, you may have to evacuate, may even lose your home is understandably something we’d a... (more)

Morning Consult

Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned Have Become Lessons Lost

August 24, 2015

Ten years ago, the entire country was horrified by the devastation wrought by complacency. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated just how interdependent o... (more)

American Pharmacists Association

Pharmacists and Infectious Disease

July 17, 2015

Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted virus that generally causes no symptoms or mild illness, but is associated with microcephaly in infants whose ... (more)

News On 6 Oklahoma's Own

Medical Minute: Disaster Plan For Prescriptions

April 2, 2015

Medical Minute: Disaster Plan For Prescriptions (more)

Huffington Post

Drugstores Struggle To Fill Prescriptions In Areas Hard-Hit By Hurricane Sandy

November 1, 2012

Hundreds of drugstores across New York and New Jersey remain closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as pharmacists, corporate chains, independe... (more)

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