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Health Topics - Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane & Flood: Before the Storm

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and runs through November, is expected to be another active season. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a 70-percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes. 

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The Brain on Harvey: UTHealth expert explains Hurricane Harvey’s emotional wake

It’s 2 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2017 and although you’ve only been in bed two hours, you get up to make the rounds of the house checking for water. For days, Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on Texas, swallowing entire chunks of Houston in deluging bands of rain, and your home could be next. Your street already resembles a lake — not exactly the waterfront property you wanted....

The Zika Virus: A possible link between this virus and a serious birth defect has left the global community reeling. So, should we be panicking?

The headlines blare with all the subtlety of a punch to the gut....

Through a Child's Eyes: How children cope with disaster

Perilous and painful evacuations. No food. Water. Gas. The threat of utter devastation. Children—both those displaced by Katrina and Rita and those who were simply flooded by terrifying TV images— might be re-clutching their one-eyed stuffed bunnies they had long since shelved....