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Monday, September 15, 2008

TEXAS PHYSICIANS STEP UP TO IKE

I am extremely proud once again of how Texas physicians, TMA, and our county medical societies prepared for and responded to the terrible destruction caused by Hurricane Ike. We continue to monitor the situation in Galveston, Houston, and East Texas and pray that all of our friends there can get back on their feet as quickly as possible. For insight into what our physicians have seen and done on the ground, please see the “Voices of Ike” feature on the TMA blog. If you have more stories to add, please send them our way. Here are some other highlights:
  • TMA and county society staff participated in State Operations Center conference calls throughout the week leading up to Ike’s Saturday morning landfall in Galveston.
  • County societies around the state are helping to provide medical staff for evacuation shelters, which may remain open for another week or longer. Please contact your county society to volunteer, and add your name and information to TMA’s Physicians Rapid Response Team Sign-up Form.
  • TMA gathered and posted useful Ike-related information from state agencies, health plans, and others on our Web site’s Disaster Preparedness Resource Center. We will continue to add updates.
  • The American Medical Association provided access to ICERx, a private, secure online source of available medication history information for patients evacuated from their homes. AMA also dispatched Italo Subbarao, DO, director of AMA’s Public Health Readiness Office, to Austin.

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