In 2017, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) simultaneously responded to not one, but three consecutive hurricanes, and at the direction of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), rapidly deployed expert personnel, Federal Medical Stations (FMS), and other supplies to the affected areas. Captured in September 2017, in response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, this image depicted the interior of what had been the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The Center had been converted to a Federal Medical Stations (FMS), and your able to see here, the rows and rows of beds, all which had been made ready to accept the influx of people affected by the storm, and in need of medical care.
With the help of volunteers, FMS Strike Teams like the one depicted in PHIL 22743, were able to unpack and set up in the GRB Convention Center in only five hours. A typical set up normally takes 10-12 hours. Once underway, this FMS site cared for 160 people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, and in need of non-emergency medical care. To learn more about 2017 Hurricane Responses, as well as the SNS in general, please click the links below.