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) has cancelled all appointments at the outpatient clinics in Galveston and Texas City on Friday, September 12, 2008. All other outpatient clinics will remain operational at this time.
Veterans who do not require acute medical attention are strongly encouraged to follow evacuation orders given by local city and county governments. Veterans who need medical advice may 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. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.
The MEDVAMC should not be considered as an evacuation shelter option; it is not authorized to function as a shelter.
Visit www.houston.va.gov/emergency/emergency_preparedness.asp for updates, emergency preparedness tips, useful Web sites and telephone numbers, suggestions for a disaster supplies kit, and more.
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.
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