Storms

With Ida intensifying and threatening to hit the Gulf Coast as a category 4 hurricane, Healthcare Ready is activating our network of partners to help prepare and support the region’s healthcare and public health response in advance of this catastrophic event. What started as an informal...

Every year, Healthcare Ready conducts and releases a National Disaster Preparedness Poll to increase communities’ disaster preparedness efforts across the United States. With an average of 17 hurricanes striking every decade and an annual average of 70 wildfires burning 7 million acres of land in the U.S., it’s not surprising that more than half...

With thousands of COVID-19 cases still being recorded every day in the United States as of July 2021, it is essential to take virus protections into consideration sooner rather than later. Especially when you add unplanned disasters and emergencies into the picture, things get even more complicated....

Coming off of the unprecedented 2020 hurricane season, which produced 30 named storms of which 13 became hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (NOAA CPC) is again predicting above average activity for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.  Hurricane season officially begins on June...

2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded on our planet. Rising temperatures don’t just mean hotter summers, but rising sea levels, dust storms, flooding, wildfires, and more extreme weather events. These extreme weather events, which are happening more often and seem stronger than ever...

The aftermath of a hurricane can leave already-vulnerable communities in an even tougher spot. For patient populations, power outages, standing water, and debris can increase the risk of serious illness or injury. Vulnerable populations, such as those with lower socioeconomic status may face compounded challenges...

Hurricane Laura made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border along the US Gulf coast at approximately 1:00 am CT on Thursday, August 27 as a Category 4 Hurricane. By 12:00 pm CT that day, the storm had progressed into northern Louisiana, and had lost significant strength, regressing to...