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Hurricane Dorian and Disaster Response in the Face of Constant Threats

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 December 2019

Nicolette A. Louissaint*
Affiliation:
Healthcare Ready, Washington, DC
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Correspondence and reprint requests to Nicolette A. Louissaint, Healthcare Ready, 1325 G St NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20005 (e-mail: nlouissaint@healthcareready.org)

Abstract

Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Eastern North Carolina and the Bahamas islands demonstrate the devastation and public health needs that can be left in the wake of a catastrophic event. The hurricane created a range of public health and healthcare challenges, strained further by the damage to infrastructure on which critical services, including the medical supply chain, depend. The recovery process is long, but offers an opportunity to build back better, more resilient communities that can withstand today’s threats.

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Report from the Field
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Copyright © 2019 Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. 

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