How MD Anderson responded to an unprecedented storm
Here’s how events unfolded:
Aug. 23: MD Anderson’s Incident Command Center is activated Wednesday, Aug. 23, bringing together leaders responsible for coordinating emergency operations and communications. The team meets four times before Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.
Aug. 24: Delivery of 1,000 cots begins.
Aug. 25: Crews begin installing 79 floodgates.
Hurricane Harvey highlights
Aug. 25: Hurricane Harvey makes landfall near Rockport as a Category 4 hurricane around 10 p.m., then stalls over Texas.
Aug. 26: Its outer bands continue to produce significant rain for areas east of the eye. The most devastating impact to the Houston area begins. Record-breaking amounts of rain fall quickly, as much as 5 inches an hour in some places.
The Harris County Flood Control District estimates the county received 1 trillion gallons of water in just four days.
The storm moves back into the Gulf of Mexico and eventually makes landfall again in Cameron, Louisiana, on Aug. 30.
MD Anderson highlights
Aug. 27: When the extent of the flooding becomes apparent, about 1,000 faculty and staff are on-site. Because it’s deemed unsafe to travel, they’re designated as the ride-out team.
As the floodwaters rise around the Houston area, about 530 patients and 300 family members or guests are in the hospital.
Aug. 28: Physicians are asked to come in to join the ride-out team. Managers are assessing the ability of critical staff to make it to the hospital.
Aug. 29: Critical staff arrive to supplement the ride-out team.
Aug. 30: The institution begins to slowly start key operations, including treatments for patients needing urgent care and critical surgeries.
Aug. 31 – Sept. 4: The institution continues to restore more operations and treat rescheduled patients.
Average inpatient census: 439 patients Outpatients treated: Over 1,200 Patients receiving chemotherapy in the Ambulatory Treatment Center: 857 Surgeries: 32
Sept. 5: The institution returns to normal operations.