250-Bed Medical Shelter to Support Hospital Capacity Needs

July 10, 2024
Texas Governor Greg Abbott provided an update regarding Hurricane Beryl on July 9, including what is being done to address acute medical needs.

On July 9, Texas Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on the ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Beryl in the state. The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and state agency partners are in contact with local officials throughout the response and recovery from the hurricane to ensure needs are met.

A press release on the update says that “Acting Governor Dan Patrick today spoke with President Joe Biden and requested a federal disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The President granted the state’s request. The Major Disaster Declaration allows for reimbursement for up to 75% of costs associated with expenses for debris management and emergency protective measures. The State of Texas may make additional requests as damage assessments are completed.”

The press release adds that to assist with acute medical needs, Texas is deploying 25 additional ambulances and a 250-bed medical shelter to support Houston’s EMS and hospital capacity needs.

 

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