After the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Laura to the Gulf Coast, the AASM reminds our colleagues that were affected that disaster relief funds are available through the AASM Foundation. AASM members and AASM-accredited member sleep facilities that need assistance in the aftermath of this storm should contact the AASM Foundation at foundation@aasm.org with any questions.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared public health emergencies (PHEs), retroactive to Aug. 22 for Louisiana and Aug. 23 for Texas, to ensure care and operations continue following the effects of Hurricane Laura. Because of this declaration, providers and suppliers are to have emergency preparedness programs based on an all hazards approach, as explained in these webinars. There, viewers will see that the same waivers used during the duration of the COVID-19 PHE will be made available for the duration of the Hurricane Laura PHE as well. This includes waivers for medical equipment and replacement supplies.

Click on the following links for more information on emergency preparedness and response operations and emergency preparedness requirements.