These same factors are shared in the Houston Regional Ophthalmic Disaster Response Plan developed by Prevent Blindness Texas and the Houston Ophthalmological Society in collaboration with the University of Houston College of Optometry based on our experience treating 3,000 eye patients in the Hurricane Katrina shelters in 2005.
The DRP contains protocols for various disaster scenarios including flooding, hurricanes, tornados, industrial accidents, and mass casualties. It is comprised of:
-partner agreement networks of ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, screeners, industry representatives, local government agencies, medical societies, teaching institutions, and volunteers
-communication and transportation plans
-staffing by worker skill set
-delivery of eye care