We are continuing to support the community outside the shelters with resources for examinations and glasses through our collaborative network.
Responding to natural disasters—including flooding—requires adequate preparation before, quick action during, and great flexibility in response to rapidly changing circumstances.
Pre-planning can mitigate the damage to property and people, and ophthalmologists can provide unique and important help to victims and first responders in the effort of recovery. We hope that the key success factors of our experience might be of some value to other communities facing similar catastrophic events in the future.
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