Hurricane Season 2020

Support Sector and Communities | Situation Reports | Rx Open | Resources 

Healthcare Ready is ENGAGED for the 2020 hurricane season. This means that we are in rigorous communication with private and public sector partners to monitor hurricanes, tropical storms and recovery efforts in affected areas. We’re also standing ready to assist.

This page contains updates to provide situational awareness around events as they unfold as well as free resources and state-specific information to assist healthcare facilities, communities, and individuals prepare for and respond to hurricanes.


Support for the Healthcare Sector and Communities

Healthcare Ready’s assistance includes:

  • Rapid access to the right contacts in the private sector or government
  • Coordination with federal, state and local officials, nonprofits and shelters to ensure coordination and assistance with access to medicine
  • Coordination with HHS, FEMA, state EOCs, and private sector companies
  • Assistance with donations to shelters 
  • Facilitating access to healthcare facilities to ensure deliveries and personnel have access into restricted areas or with resuming operations
  • Sharing information and promoting the use of medicine assistance programs

Healthcare Ready Situation Reports


Rx Open

Rx Open is an interactive map showing whether pharmacies and dialysis centers are open across all US states and territories. 


Resources

Situation Resources

  • Track Storms – National Hurricane Center
  • Power outages – Daily Advertiser
  • Fuel availability: GasBuddy
  • Shelters: Red Cross shelters are available in affected areas. Find a shelter here
    • We are tracking impacts of congregate sheltering during ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 in this region

State Resources

ALABAMA
  • Declarations: 
  • Prescription and Medical Assistance:
    •  By regulations from the 2016 Code of Alabama, if unable to contact a prescriber, a pharmacist may dispense a one-time, 72-hour supply of a non-controlled prescription.
FLORIDA
  • Declarations: 
    • A State of Emergency was declared by Governor DeSantis on September 14
    • FEMA Disaster Declaration was approved on September 14 for northwestern FL counties
  • Prescription and Medical Assistance:
    • Florida law mandates that residents of counties under a State of Emergency, hurricane warning, or that have activated their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or emergency management plan can receive a 30-day refill of their prescription medication.
LOUISIANA
MISSISSIPPI
TEXAS
  • Texas Hurricane Center: Use this page to track updates from the Office of the Texas Governor.
  • Road and ground transportation: For current road conditions and closures, visit Drive Texas.
  • Declarations:
    • Disaster declaration EM-3540-TX was issued by FEMA on August 24 for Hurricane Laura, and covers an incident period that began August 23.The Declaration was amended on August 25 to also cover emergency protective actions from officials
    • State of Emergency was declared on September 13

Healthcare Sector Resources

Patient Resources 

Hurricane Preparedness Resources

Health Condition/Disease-Specific Resources

Additional Resources


About Healthcare Ready: 

Healthcare Ready is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by both public and private sector partners that works to ensure patient access to healthcare, including medicines, during times of disaster. 

If you would like to request assistance from Healthcare Ready email us at Alerts@HealthcareReady.org or call (866-247-2694). 


Support Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready is a non-profit organization that operates on the generous donations of our partners and members. If you would like to support us, please donate here.