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Healthcare Ready is ENGAGED for Hurricane Sally.
We are closely tracking the path of Hurricane Sally and the related healthcare and public health impacts.

To stay updated with the latest weather developments, follow the National Hurricane Center.

High-Level Situation Summary

Hurricane Sally is expected to produce historic, life-threatening flash flooding along portions of the northern Gulf coast. Dangerous storm surge is also expected, with the highest inundation along the Alabama coast. Impacts of the storm have already begun to affect the Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana coasts.  

As of 1:00PM CDT, September 15, Hurricane Sally is forecast to make landfall near Mobile Bay, AL around 7:00AM CDT on Wednesday, September 16.  

Flooding remains the most significant direct threat to healthcare infrastructure in the areas impacted by the storm, particularly in the coastal areas of far southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northwestern Florida.  

Extreme flooding will likely occur due to a combination of storm surge and excessive rainfall, both of which will be prolonged since the storm is slow-moving. Impacts should be expected to persist in impacted areas for several days, potentially through Friday, September 18.  

  • Storm surge: Regardless of the exact location of landfall, significant storm surge should be expected between Grand Isle, LA and Chassahowitzka, FL. Peak storm surge estimates by state as of 10:00AM CDT 9/15 are as follows: 

    • Alabama: 4 - 7 feet across the entire AL coast, including Mobile Bay 
    • Louisiana: 4 – 6 feet between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the mouth of the Pearl River; 1 – 3 feet peak surge between Grand Isle and the mouth of the Mississippi River 

    • Mississippi: 3 - 5 feet peak surge expected across the entire MS coast 

    • Florida: 3 – 5 feet between the AL/FL border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line; 1 – 3 feet peak surge from Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Chassahowitzka, FL  

  • Excessive rainfall: There is significant rainfall potential in the areas impacted by Sally. Highest rainfall and flash flood impacts are expected to be across southern Alabama to western Florida Panhandle.   

    • There is a high risk (greater than 50%) of excessive rainfall extending from the eastern tip of MS to southwest AL through Wednesday, September 17. Moderate risk (20% - 50% chance) of excessive rainfall extends beyond this area, including into most of southern AL. As a result, there may also be significant river flooding threats in these areas. 
    • Rainfall between 10 - 20 inches should be expected along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western FL Panhandle to far southeastern MS, with isolated amounts up to 30 inches. 

  • Tornadoes: There is also potential for isolated tornadoes to form in impacted areas. A tornado watch is in effect for coastal Alabama and the Florida panhandle. The tornado threat is expected to increase as Sally approaches land. 

State-Level Disaster Declarations Rx Open

Rx Open is currently activated for the nation. The map was updated at 2:00PM EDT on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 
  • Louisiana: 92.2% of pharmacies are reporting open. 

    • St. Charles Parish is reporting less than 50% of pharmacies in the area as open. 

  • Mississippi: 87.8% of pharmacies are reporting open. 

    • Claiborne, Hancock and Harrison Counties are reporting less than 50% of pharmacies in the area as open. 

  • Alabama: 88.7% of pharmacies are reporting open. 

    • Mobile County is reporting less than 50% of pharmacies in the area as open. 

  • Florida: 96.7% of pharmacies are reporting open. 

    • Calhoun County is reporting less than 50% of pharmacies in the area as open. 

Healthcare Response Updates and Needs Other Actions

If you become aware of situation(s) that may adversely affect healthcare supply or care in the affected area, or if you would like to request the assistance of Healthcare Ready, please contact us at or call 1.866.247.2694.

We are standing by, ready to assist those in the impacted areas. For those of you in the affected areas, our thoughts are with you.

Thank you,
Healthcare Ready Support Team

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