For Those With Pharma [and other] Supply Chains in the Affected Areas of Hurricane Harvey

Healthcare Ready, a strong supporter of the PCSC, has activated a service known as “Rx Open” and the associated map will remain on for the duration of this event. Rx Open is a free, interactive map that shows the location of open, closed and unknown pharmacies and may be used by citizens to locate open pharmacies, as well as by first responders and government officials to assess damages and gather critical information on Hurricane Harvey's impact on public health.

TAPA, SensiGuard, BSi, CargoNet (and many others) are recommending shippers confirm if they have any products which will be travelling in or near that area, as well as confirm if any of those routes have destination in the area. If so you should have alternate plans for secure travel/staging locations outside of the storm’s path. 

Here is the link to the National Hurricane Center website: for the most current updates.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued the following warnings and watches in association with the passage of Harvey:

Hurricane warning : Port Mansfield to Sargent (Texas).

o Hurricane watch: South of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande river.

o Tropical storm warning: North of Sargent to High Island, and from south of Port Mansfield to the Mouth of the Rio Grande river.

o Tropical storm watch: South of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan (Tamaulipas state, Mexico).

o Storm surge warning: Port Mansfield to High Island (both Texas).

o Storm surge watch: South of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande river.

The governor of Texas has declared a state of disaster for 30 counties along the Gulf coast. After making landfall, Harvey is expected to rapidly lose speed and stall over south-eastern Texas, resulting in heavy rainfall and possible flooding throughout affected areas in the coming days including the cities of Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Coastal areas of the state may experience between 12-20 inches (30-51cm) of rainfall, with isolated instances of up to 35 inches (89cm) forecast. Isolated tornadoes are also possible along parts of the upper and middle Texas coast from 25 August.

Airports which may be impacted in Texas include Bergstrom International Airport (AUS, Austin), Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO), Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP), Easterwood Airport (CLL, College station), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH, Houston), McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE, McAllen), San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Valley International Airport (HRL, Harlingen). In Louisiana, affected airports may include Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). However, New Orleans is expected to largely be spared the worst of Harvey’s effects due to its location east of the hurricane’s current predicted track.

Chuck Forsaith | Director, Supply Chain Security | Purdue Pharma LP

Chairman, Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition PCSC                               

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