There are a lot of news going on in the world, including North Korea's new nuclear threats. But for those of us living in the US, none looms as large as Hurricane Harvey in the last week. As you undoubtedly have heard, Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and possibly the most costly since Katrina. With 66 confirmed casualties as of 9/4/2017, Harvey may not sound all that destructive. But as the wettest storm in US history, Harvey's damage will be felt for a long time. Houston and surrounding areas will need our help in their long road to recovery.
Here is a collection of stories about Hurricane Harvey worth reading:
- Early estimates on economic damages of storms are often unreliable. But the consensus among experts indicate that Hurricane Harvey will become either the most or second-most costly natural disaster in the United States. The New York Times explains in The Cost of Hurricane Harvey: Only One Recent Storm Comes Close.
- Technology has enabled so much in our lives. It is great to see some use it to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Mobihealthnews reports Doctor on Demand, MDLIVE offer free video visits to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
- Of course, technology is only helpful if you have a way to access it. Even one downed cell tower can mean life-or-death to a group of survivors. Unlike Katrina, the US wireless carriers have done a commendable job of keeping people connected in the wake of Harvey. CNET assesses How the wireless carriers fared during Hurricane Harvey.
- For those of you eager to assist the survivors of Hurricane Harvey with your professional skills, you would be glad to learn that the state of Texas has temporarily lifted barriers that prevent out-of-state health care providers from practicing in the state. The Dallas Morning News reports Out-of-state doctors can temporarily work in Texas without state license to help with Harvey efforts.
- If you are a resident in training like me, it is unlikely that you will be able to simply leave your training to assist in the recovery effort. However, there are still many ways you can help. Here is a list put together by NPR - Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey.
As I eagerly await the developments on Hurricane Irma here in Florida, I am extremely encouraged to see that no matter how big the political divide, we are still able to come together as Americans in a moment of need.
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