Message from HRSA HAB: Hurricane Harvey

Message from HRSA HAB: Hurricane Harvey

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dear RWHAP Colleagues:

As we continue to follow the reports on the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our clients and colleagues in Texas and Louisiana, we want to let you know that HRSA HAB has been in contact with our RWHAP Parts A, B, C, D and AETC and SPNS programs since last week to stay up-to-date on their preparations and now responses to providing services for people living with HIV.  Thus far, we have been notified that all RWHAP Part program staff in the impacted counties are safe, although many have been impacted by the flooding.  With the ongoing rain, we have not yet determined the number of impacted service delivery sites or the extent of that impact and will be working to do so once the weather abates in both Texas and Louisiana.  We also are not yet able to determine how many RWHAP clients have been displaced.  

We will continue to work with our RWHAP A – D colleagues to address any service needs for those displaced within the states.  We know that both Texas and Louisiana, with the respective EMAs, have implemented processes that allow displaced RWHAP clients to receive medications and services in other areas of their states.  We are very appreciative of the proactive work of the RWHAP Parts A - D in Texas and Louisiana to reach out to clients to prepare them with medications and other services leading up to the hurricane.  We encourage RWHAP Parts A – D in the surrounding areas to consider streamlined approaches to eligibility and maximizing all available resources to ensure access to medications and services in this emergent situation. 

In addition, HRSA HAB has reviewed all legislative and programmatic data and administrative reporting requirements, as well as any current NOFOs, to determine if any extensions are required.  While we have not identified any at present, we will continue to monitor upcoming requirements and deadlines and will address those on a case by case basis in conjunction with the HRSA Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM).

These weather related events are significantly challenging to our RWHAP clients, our RWHAP colleagues in the impacted areas, and to their families.  We know that everyone across the country has them in our thoughts.  HRSA HAB will continue to work to provide support and guidance, as appropriate, for the duration of the weather event and the recovery.

Laura W. Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator

Heather Hauck, MSW, LICSW, Deputy Associate Administrator