Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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DeBakey VA Readies for Hurricane Ike

September 10, 2008

HOUSTON – In response to the approach of Hurricane Ike toward the Texas Gulf Coast, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is stocking all necessary fuel, water, food, medications, and supplies, and making arrangements for essential staff to be on hand to meet the health care needs of veterans.

The MEDVAMC encourages all veterans and their family members to keep current with weather conditions. Visit www.houston.va.gov/emergency/emergency_preparedness.asp for emergency preparedness tips, useful Web sites and telephone numbers, suggestions for a disaster supplies kit, and more.  Harris County has established storm evacuation zones for the Houston-Galveston area using zip codes.  To find out if you live in an evacuation zone, visit www.hcoem.org/HCMap.aspx?P=Evacuation *. All veterans are strongly advised to follow evacuation orders given by local city and county governments.

For VA updates, call the MEDVAMC Emergency Information Hotline at (713) 794-8989 or 1-800-553-2278, ext. 8989.

In the event of evacuation, veterans with urgent care needs requiring continuing care may contact any VA facility by dialing 1-800-507-4571.  This phone number may also be used by families and friends requiring information about patients from those VA facilities affected by natural and man-made disasters.  Veterans may call with questions such as where to access health care, how to receive their prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care.
 
If you have a life-threatening emergency, immediately call 911.  Veterans who need medical advice should call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks at the VA Network Telecare Center are ready to answer veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VA Network Telecare Center is not for life-threatening emergencies.

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