Responding to Harvey

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Heart to Heart International (HHI), is actively responding to Hurricane Harvey & Irma.
Read more about our response to Hurricane Irma, here.

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As of 11/15/2017 Heart to Heart International has had over 8,000 patient encounters, 
and is continuing to respond to the medical needs of communities in the greater Houston area. In addition to our work with three community safety-net clinics, HHI’s on-the-ground team continues to identify and work alongside community partners to provide services in high-needs areas of Houston and beyond.

More than two months after Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston, many post-Harvey resources have begun to close their doors, and other outside resources are beginning to resign from Houston – leaving some communities without vital recovery resources. Community distribution centers, which are committed to long-term support and recovery, have kept their doors open, seeing hundreds of people a day who are in need of basic supplies like food, water, and clothes. Current medical systems are still overloaded, and Heart to Heart International has yet to seen a downturn in people needing health care services.

Individuals and families show us pictures of their experience during the flood. They show their lost homes with mold growing throughout and piles of debris that were once their lives. Working with community partners, we have explored communities that were deeply impacted, and have seen flooded out cars sitting with their trunks and doors wide open, toys and other belongings covered in sand and dirt and strewn across the seats. We have seen debris piled outside on the sidewalk and yards that have decayed underneath the ruin.

We have seen pockets of the community that are unable to return to a medical provider for many reasons. Maybe they are geographically restricted due to vehicle loss. Some do not have money because they lost their job. Clinics were flooded and no longer operational or the area hospital has closed for good. For some, there is a language barrier to other resources or they are undocumented.

We continue to serve those who don’t have traditional access to health care, those who don’t have the ability to overcome their situation, or those who bring in family members or friends to receive care.

By supporting the local medical infrastructure, Heart to Heart International will continue our commitment to support communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and to ensure that those who need it have access to health care.

IMG_20171001_131457618 (1)As of 10/08/2017, Heart to Heart has had over 3,600 patient encounters. Between medical assessments and care, Rx refills, first-aid/wound care, mental health support, and Tdap and Flu vaccinations – Heart to Heart is still here in Texas serving those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Although the public attention around Houston continues to dwindle, and certain areas are bouncing back, we have found communities still struggling in the aftermath. Many have continued to live in their homes with mold and water damage causing upper respiratory issues. We have spoken to individuals who had standing water in their homes for weeks, walking through the dirty water with no alternatives. Hundreds of families are relying on community distribution centers, waiting hours just to get a small amount of food and cleaning supplies. Others are unable to return home because the damage is too severe, support is lagging, and they have waited weeks for debris to be removed from the front of their homes.
Heart to Heart continues our commitment to support these communities, and has been working hard to identify communities most afflicted. We are also continuing to work alongside 3 safety net clinic to support Houston’s local medical infrastructure and ensure there is little to no disruption in providing healthcare.

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Clinic in a Can Locations: Katy, Tomball, and Southwest Houston, Texas

Heart to Heart continues to provide staff support and patient overflow at 3 local safety net clinics in the Greater Houston area. The medical system and the brave doctors and nurses in Texas are needing relief to help them keep up with increasing demand. The staff and volunteers have done an amazing job under difficult conditions to serve those in need. We do so because it’s our mission, our purpose and this why we focus on preparedness.

It was because of that preparedness that we were able to immediately help hundreds of patients in crisis, and have continued to support the local communities with their healthcare needs. We continue to assess the situation and needs of the region and identify new partners and areas to bring our resources into. We are committed to being here as long as our services are needed.

Hurricane Harvey is a major disaster and we will move and respond as needed to serve as many people as we can as long as we are needed.


Community Outreach Events

Bear Creek, Texas

Heart to Heart International held two pop-up clinics in Bear Creek, Texas, providing more than 350 community members with free vaccinations, medical screenings, and hygiene kits at Bear Creek Elementary School.

 

Dickinson, Texas

Heart to Heart International, working alongside community partners, provided more than 400 free vaccinations and medical screenings at 10 different pop-up clinics at the Mainland Mall Recovery in Galveston County.

 

 

Northeast, Texas

With 18 pop-up clinics across the Northeast region of Houston, including events at the East Houston Civic Club, North Shore Community Fellowship of Faith, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the East Harris County Economic Empowerment Council, HHI worked alongside community partners and was able to provide nearly 1,250 community members free vaccinations, medical screenings, and needed medications.

Katy, Texas

In addition to providing bottled water, food, cleaning supplies, HHI cleanup kits and medical services shortly after Hurricane Harvey – HHI also partnered with local FEMA representatives to provide flu and tetanus vaccines to those accessing services at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Katy.


 

Hurricane Response Update 9/13/17

As of 9/13/17 HHI MMU and clinic support staff have provided over 1,300 patient encounters, including medical assessment and care, Rx refills, first-aid/wound care mental health support and DTAP.

In total, HHI has deployed 5 staff and 24 volunteers as well as providing logistics support for 5 Project Hope staff.

HHI has shipped 2,475 Tetanus shots as of 9/11/17. Also, 35 Pallets (25,000 lbs.) of Johnson & Johnson products are on the way to Texas. HHI has partnered with Save the Children and Save will be distributing this product in Houston. Product shipped includes children’s comfort/blanket kits, baby hygiene items and J&J hygiene kits assembled by HHI Volunteers.

Heart to Heart has made a three-month commitment to support these communities by partnering with the local medical infrastructure to ensure there is little to no disruption in providing
healthcare.


Heart to Heart Patient Story

21457722_10155252523568515_813720962333308615_o21457688_10155252524323515_2854799502998124302_oThe HHI medical staff removed this patient’s stitches and staples from her head wound today at the Katy Clinic on Saturday, September 9th.

A simple process that was made more difficult by the fact that the patient did not have the financial resources to pay for care. Earlier in the week an HHI volunteer physician had treated the patient in Tomball, TX for an unrelated problem and provided her mobile # in case the patient had questions. When the patient could not find a clinic to remove her sutures/staples she called the HHI volunteer doc – who had already returned home to the east coast. Dr. J contacted the HHI team in Katy and arranged for the patient to be seen today. Although the clinic was scheduled to close for the afternoon, the HHI medical staff waited until the patient arrived and provided the needed care.


Here’s how you can be a “Hero for Harvey”:

Build hygiene kits: For schools in the Kansas City area, you can send up to 40 students/teachers to our warehouse in Lenexa to assemble personal hygiene kits. For schools outside the KC area, Heart to Heart can bring the assembly line to you. You need to commit to building a minimum of 900 kits and the suggested donation for this activity is $9,000.

Share: Communicate on social media what you are doing through Heart to Heart to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

We are not currently accepting donated items at this time.



Thank You Partners

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Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey became the nation’s first Category 4 landfall in almost 12 years, hammering the Texas Gulf Coast with an extremely dangerous combination of torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend.

Harvey is expected to stall for a few days, leading to dangerous flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

Heart to Heart International had a disaster response team and mobile medical unit deploy Friday, August 25th, from Kansas City to arrive in Texas ahead of the storm. HHI is working with local partners to identify areas of greatest need and provide medical support and aid distribution.


HHI’s Disaster Response Team first stop was Belton Texas Expo Center to drop off hygiene and health kits. The Expo and Bell County Sheriff’s Department have set up a response center to help those that evacuated from Hurricane Harvey and needed assistance. HHI’s timing was perfect because the county was about to go buy hygiene kits for their guests.

 

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Heart to Heart International stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas.

On Saturday, The DRT team was located in Corpus Christi, Texas. HHI and Convoy of Hope have teamed up to supply much-needed water, supplies, hygiene/health kits and minor medical care/Tetanus shots.  Extra hygiene kits are needed in the hardest hit areas.  If your company, church or school would like to assemble hygiene kits, please go to powrserv.org for more information.

Over 1,159 cars, with multiple families, showed up for the Hurricane Harvey relief in Victoria, Texas on Monday. Even larger groups are expected Tuesday and Wednesday. HHI has given lots of Tetanus shots and treated minor injuries. All of this is being done with no power and water in 85% of the town.

 

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By Tuesday, over 2000 cars had stopped by The Mobile Medical Unit to pick up water, supplies and hygiene kits.

Distribution opened at 10 am on Tuesday the 29th, the people helped will easily exceed Monday’s numbers. 40+ tetanus shots were given that morning and all kinds of minor injuries were treated. Victoria continues to be without power and is under a boil order. HHI is shipping bottled water and other supplies, with transportation donated by FedEx. The first shipment arrived today.

 

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Heart to Heart International had the privilege to have three volunteer nurses from Detar Hospital located in Victoria, TX. These ladies did a great job helping patients on the HHI Mobile Medical Unit.

As of Wednesday, August 30th, 2,500 cars have gone through the Hurricane Harvey response site. Additional non-profit organizations are starting to show up and offer complementing services. The Mobile Medical Unit has had a crowd around it all day. Part of the town now has power, but we are still running on a generator. Donations are still the main need as we purchase fuel for the generator and need to replenish supplies on the medical unit. Thank you for your support!

 

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A shipment of water bottles & hygiene kits arrived Tuesday in Victoria, TX, thanks to FedEx.

Thank you to all of our supporters that continue to help keep HHI ready to respond quickly and efficiently.  Special thanks to Sanofi Foundation for North America for their support to HHI to ensure that the MMU is “ready to deploy” during US crisis – like Harvey.

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