Quick Take: Hurricane Harvey lessons shared with EMS physicians

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SAN DIEGO – Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to southeast Texas and south Louisiana in August 2017. Along with the deluge came an unprecedented number of local and federal emergency responders.

Kevin Schulz, the assistant medicine director for the Houston Fire Department; and Kevin Sirmons, the medical officer for NDMS/MN-1 DMAT, tag teamed to present at the 2018 National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting on their experiences operating a 10,000-plus person emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC) in downtown Houston post Hurricane Harvey.

MEMORABLE QUOTES ON OPERATING A 10,000-PERSON SHELTER

Here are some memorable quotes from their talk:

“We had two days to prep for a five-day storm, rather than five days of prep for a two-day storm.” —Schulz

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