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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness in Texas: What Pediatricians Should Know

On average, Texas has at least one major disaster and several smaller disasters each year. Disasters such as storms, floods, fires, or disease outbreaks can strike any part of the state, with or without warning. Hurricane Harvey and other disasters have provided valuable lessons about steps that should be taken before, during, and after a disaster. This podcast offers practical guidance about how Texas physicians can help their patients and themselves “prepare to survive” and “prepare to recover” in case of a disaster.

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Disaster Preparedness in Texas: What Pediatricians Should Know

Dr. John Hellerstedt portrait

Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016 and is a leading spokesman for public health issues in the state. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Resources

State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)

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Texas Department of State Health Services Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section

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Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Vaccines for Children

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Texas Emergency Portal disaster tracking and information

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Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership Texas Medicaid Provider Home Page

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Texas Medical Reserve Corps

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Texas Prepares disaster plans

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