ASHA's Response to Hurricane Harvey
ASHA continues to monitor the situation in Texas and the Gulf region. The federal government (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)) identified a list of counties that have been included in the Major Disaster Declaration for Texas Hurricane Harvey
(DR-4332), which is available on FEMA's website at
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332 (see County list below).
Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk,
Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton (9/12/2017)
Meanwhile, we are in communication with the
Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA), which is leading the response to area audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
- Due to the timing, magnitude, and extended impact of these events, ASHA is extending or deferring deadlines and due dates on a developing-list o items and obligations, including dues and certification maintenance, to provide a six-week window of relief from September 1 through October 13, 2017, to those members in the FEMA-delineated areas. In addition, a product discount of up to 30% will also be available to replace ASHA-produced items from the ASHA store for those in the impacted areas. (9/12/2017)
- If you are interested in donating to relief efforts in the impacted areas, information on
donation programs is available on the FEMA website. ASHA is not setup as a charitable or philanthropic organization and we cannot accept or distribute donations. (8/31/2017)
- ASHA has been asked by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to alert ASHA members that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow licensed health care providers (including audiologists and SLPs) who are employed by a hospital
and who are in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to assist with tropical storm Harvey disaster response operations. More information is available on the
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website. (8/30/2017)
contact the ASHA Action Center if you have any additional questions or requests for information.