Hurricane Harvey Statement
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Dear NMA Membership,
The recent devastation from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area have impacted all of us in some way, whether it is concern about family, friends, and patients, or a reminder for some who have experienced a similar natural disaster. The impact of the severe flooding, displacement of families, and resulting dangerous conditions on our practices, patients, family and friends is tremendously troubling. While we are uncertain of the overall number of those directly or indirectly affected by the impact of this natural disaster we stand ready to assist wherever needed.
Heavy rains have subsided and the true extent of the devastation is under evaluation. Many families have lost all personal possessions. As an organization, we offer our unwavering support to those impacted by this disaster in the form of aid and assistance with the necessary services needed to return to pre-Hurricane Harvey conditions. We are reaching out to our Region V leaders and our State and local affiliates to coordinate the needed assistance. I ask all members of NMA and our Auxiliary (ANMA) to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of our local, State and Regional members and their constituents in need.
As the full scope of assistance needed continues to be determined, we await the assessment by the Mayor, Governor of Texas, our Regional, State and local contacts to make recommendations on where and what services we can offer. We are ready to coordinate donations or in-kind services through the NMA headquarters in conjunction with Region V and our State and local societies.
NMA will coordinate assistance with Locum Tenens and other relocation job opportunities. The Houston Medical Forum, a proud member of the NMA family, is currently accepting donations on behalf of victims. The donation link can be found by Clicking Here. When donating please indicate on memo line “for Hurricane Harvey victims”.
Also, Healthcare Ready, a non-profit that works to ensure patient access to healthcare, including medicines, during times of disaster has activated RxOpen map, a free interactive map to show open and closed pharmacies in the region affected by Hurricane Harvey.
We ask you to continue to pray for comfort, safety, and peace of mind for all who have been impacted by this natural disaster. Please reach out to anyone you know in the area and offer assistance as this is going to be a long process of recovery.
Doris Browne, MD, MPH
118th President of the National Medical Association