Update - 24 October 2015
Tropical storm Patricia has downgraded to a category 1 before landfall with much less damage than anticipated although heavy rains and wind will continue over the next 24 hours. Members of the emergency response teams for the government of Mexico as well as a number of our partners are on the ground assessing the need for assistance, but for the moment, there is no immediate call for additional support.
Employees and Staff:
If you are an employee of the Massachusetts General Hospital interested in volunteering for international deployments to support medical operations after natural and man-made disasters, please submit a profile for our disaster response database. For more information about Global Disaster Response at Mass General, please visit our website: http://massgeneralcenterforglobalhealth.org/programs/gdr/home
Global Disaster Response at the Massachusetts General Hospital:
Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Pursuing a four-part mission of patient care, teaching, research and community health, the hospital is consistently ranked among the top hospitals nationwide. The Mass General Center for Global Health—modeling the larger institution and its 200-year legacy of excellence for innovative clinical care, transformative scientific discoveries and world class medical training—works across the globe to prevent avoidable deaths and to alleviate the physical pain and mental anguish resulting from disease, natural disasters, poverty and war. These interwoven strengths are further leveraged by collaborations with Harvard Medical School, the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mass General Hospital is a recognized leader in disaster relief, providing rapid, professional, post-catastrophe medical care in response to humanitarian emergencies. Global Disaster Response at Mass General supports teams of skilled clinicians and support staff that can be rapidly deployed to disasters anywhere in the world.
Advice if you are in the regions affected:
Activate contingency plans if operating in areas in the storm's path. Confirm flights before checking out of hotels. Be prepared to remain in a safe location if flooding occurs. Stay away from rivers, streams, canyons, and steeply sloped terrain due to the high potential for flash flooding and mudslides. Do not attempt to navigate flooded roadways. Evacuate low-lying areas that may be vulnerable to storm surge flooding. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving long distances or routing shipments through the affected areas. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case prolonged electricity outages occur.
Last updated: 24 October 2015