When Tropical Storm Allison hit the medical center in 2001 it caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to these facilities. Through careful planning, design, and construction, area hospitals invested in a system that was put to the test on August 24, 2017, when Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall, causing more than $100 billion in damages to southwestern Texas. Even after more than 40 inches of rain, these hospitals were able to maintain operations and care for patients.
Compare the impacts of Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Harvey on Texas Medical Center.
Describe the process that ensued after Tropical Storm Allison to ensure damages would be limited to future events.
Describe the mitigation techniques used and the goals of the program in developing the flood mitigation network at Texas Medical Center.
Discuss the value the system has on the community’s confidence and the commitment of the healthcare providers.
MBA CHFM CHSP SASHE,
System Director Engineering,
Memorial Hermann Northwest/Southwest Hospitals