Public Health Surveillance of Hurr. Harvey Evacuees: Views from a Host Community
Authors: Tracy Haywood, Janet Pichette
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the Austin’s shelter hub plan was activated to receive evacuees from the gulf coast. Austin Public Health used real-time surveillance to assess the medical needs of evacuees in both the shelter and community. Syndromic surveillance was used to identify the impact of these evacuees on the healthcare system, and helped hospitals plan for a variety of health concerns. ESRI story maps was utilized to describe the evolution of this event in sheltering community.