Nearly two hundred Hurricane Maria impacted US Virgin Islands medical evacuees, requiring ongoing acute medical care, arrived into Atlanta recently through Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base where they were medically evaluated and moved to local medical treatment centers with follow on movement to temporary housing in local area hotels for further assistance and services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Emergency Management established in conjunction with FEMA opportunities for HUD and other federal, state and local partners to interface and assist the USVI medical evacuees at local hotels.
“The work of helping USVI medical evacuees is ongoing,” said Mykl Asanti, HUD - Georgia Office of Field Policy Management and Georgia Disaster Services Lead. “Helping those we mutually serve is an extraordinarily worthwhile effort and is making a difference in their lives.”
As part of the ongoing efforts to assist medical evacuees FEMA assessed their immediate needs and provided medical equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs while HUD worked to assess housing needs and worked to identify HUD clients. The Social Security Administration (SSA) also assisted evacuees regarding verifying eligibility of benefits and HHS contractors provided personal care and personal medical products.
Local and state partners such as Project Open Hands provided meals and Medical Transport Services provided pickup and drop-off services for evacuees to the hotels. The Georgia Department of Human Services also assisted with relocation and other special services.
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