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    Is your clinic prepared for the next natural disaster?


    Hilary A. Beaver, MD, outside the Red Cross Shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center which housed almost 10,000 evacuees after Hurricane Harvey. (Photo courtesy of Hiliary A. Beaver, MD)While many Hurricane Harvey victims evacuated to hotels or to undamaged host homes, the majority of evacuees were quickly consolidated into two main shelters at the George R. Brown Convention Center and the NRG football stadium complex.

    Ambulatory medical clinics and a 250-bed onsite hospital staffed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were established for victims in desperate need of life-maintaining medical services, such as dialysis and oxygen, and treatment for a wide range of diseases including infection, diabetes, hypertension, and mental illness.

    Problems as simple as lost glasses made thousands of evacuees functionally disabled. The shelter also served chronically homeless Houstonians, many of whom had severe undiagnosed or untreated eye disease. Our mission was to restore and preserve functional vision in order for people to re-establish their lives. 

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