Higher Ground: The Sophisticated Healthcare Response of the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council to Hurricane Harvey
by Stephen Flynn, Global Resilience Institute
This report highlights the critical importance of saving lives by having in place effective regional healthcare response coalitions in support of the response to and recovery from major disasters. The report is produced by the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University with the collaboration of the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC). It highlights the impressive response efforts of SETRAC in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 as well as the invaluable role that the council played in the overall recovery of Greater Houston. The study traces the unique origins of SETRAC to include its institutional history, mission, and funding mechanisms. It analyzes the efforts of SETRAC before, during, and after Hurricane Harvey’s landfall and it briefly explores similar healthcare coalitions across the country to provide further case examples of the importance of having robust regional coalitions in place. The findings of the report are informed by a fact-finding mission to Houston conducted by GRI in October 2017.