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Hurricane Harvey Threatens Widespread Devastation Along the Texas Gulf Coast

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Aug 25, 2017 - 11:26:36 AM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2017 -- Hurricane Harvey's forecast track changes hourly but this massive, powerful storm has the potential to cause a devastating blow to a large portion of the Texas Gulf Coast, affecting millions of Americans.  The nation's emergency physicians warn the public to take this situation seriously.Emergency physicians say when local authorities tell you to evacuate, evacuate!

"It is essential that people living in coastal areas listen closely to evacuation orders," said Dr. Becky Parker, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  "One of the core concepts of disaster management is to avoid the disaster in the first place. So when local authorities tell you to evacuate, please evacuate!"

Hurricane Harvey threatens Texas with dangerous winds, severe storm surge and rains that could dump up to three feet of water on inland areas.  For the latest information on Hurricane Harvey's forecast and other storm-related information, continue to follow your local news as well as the National Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

During a hurricane:

  • Remain calm.
  • Reassure children that they are safe and explain what is happening.  ACEP has a learning game called Disaster Hero that can help them. http://www.disasterhero.com/
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updates; follow all instructions.
  • If the electricity goes out, listen to a battery-powered radio for instructions. If told to evacuate, leave right away. Use flashlights instead of matches.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly. Shut off any other damaged utilities (a professional will need to turn the gas back on).
  • Clean up any spilled household chemicals, gasoline, or other flammable liquids immediately.
  • Confine or secure your pets.
  • Check on neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons

"Emergency physicians are on the front lines of disasters, and they are on alert in the affected areas, ready to care for anyone who needs it," said Dr. Parker.  "We strongly urge the public to take all precautions, including stocking up on essential items, such as prescription medications, first aid supplies, food and water."

ACEP offers extensive disaster preparedness tips in its Family Disaster Preparedness Guide.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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