While we are grateful for the ability to reopen our doors to the community, we recognize there is much work to be done as our region attempts to regain some sense of normalcy in the wake of this devastating storm. If you aren’t sure what to do or where to start upon returning home, the information provided below may be useful. Remember that the recovery process may be gradual. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. Be sure to keep your and your family's health a priority during this trying time.
Things to consider as we move forward
If you have been evacuated, listen to local news outlets to find out when it is safe to return to your home. Do not return until local officials have given your neighborhood the go-ahead.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer an excellent guide for what to do after a hurricane.
Be aware of safety issues after a disaster
Even after a storm is over, potential hazards can still be present. Ready.gov urges people to:
- Avoid potential safety issues caused by the storm, like washed-out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged electrical wiring and slippery floors.
- Inform local authorities about health and safety issues, including chemical spills, downed power lines, washed-out roads, smoldering insulation and dead animals.
Practice these safety tips for hurricane clean-up
For those of you who are returning home or still at home, be sure to put safety first.
- Stay away from loose or dangling power lines.
- Avoid drinking or using tap water until you are sure it has not been contaminated.
- Don't eat food from your refrigerator if its temperature has risen above 40° F for two hours or longer.
- Stay out of any building that is surrounded with water.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Be on the lookout for loose tree branches, parts of buildings or other types of debris when you are outside.
- Drive only when absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
Be mindful of your health
- Be aware of exhaustion. Don’t try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself. Get enough rest.
- Drink plenty of clean water. Eat well.
- Wear sturdy work boots and gloves.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water often when working in debris.
Emergency information for specific health conditions
Information and resources from the CDC and American Diabetes Association (ADA) for what to do during emergency situations are available below, if you are:
- Diabetic (ADA)
- Disabled (CDC)
- Undergoing dialysis treatment (CDC)
- Pregnant or have a newborn (CDC)
- Someone with a blood disorder (CDC)
Key local/regional resources
- Corpus Christi Emergency Operations Center. Get the latest hurricane recovery updates
- Red Cross – Texas Gulf Coast Region. Find response information, open shelters and other resources
- Highway conditions. View current highway conditions (including flooded roads) in your area
- Evacuation maps.Download evacuation maps for the 13-county Houston region
- Corpus Christi International Airport. Status and information about flights in and out of the airport
- Houston Airport information.Get up-to-date information about air travel from Houston’s airports.
- CDC flood safety tips. Find out how to avoid dangers presented by flood waters.
- DisasterAssistance.gov. Apply for assistance from FEMA.
How you can help
- Anyone with a boat who is able to volunteer is asked to call the Houston Police Department at (713) 881-3100
- Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, and, if logistics permit, consider donating blood
Partners in health: HCA Healthcare
Our Gulf Coast healthcare system greatly benefits from the resources and experience of our parent organization, HCA Healthcare, in preparing for and reacting to hurricane Harvey. In the days leading up to the storm, HCA managed substantial preemptive efforts for the safety of our patients, medical teams and colleagues.
Through Emergency Operations Centers in Nashville and throughout the state of Texas, HCA continues to provide daily support and resources for our facilities. This includes equipment, food, staffing support, and facilitation of supply and transportation routes to and from affected areas. In addition, HCA has donated $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross to support those affected.
HCA is also working to support our employees during this difficult time through the company’s Hope Fund. This 501(c)3 charity was created to help HCA employees and their immediate families who are affected by hardship such as natural disasters. For more information visit https://www.hcahopefund.com.
HCA will continue to stand by the Gulf Coast region in the days and weeks to come. For more information about HCA, visit www.HCAHealthcare.com.