Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help

August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has caused significant damage in Texas. APMA is concerned for the safety of its members, their patients, and all those in the affected areas. If you are in Texas, please keep your association posted in the days and weeks to come of your own wellbeing, and alert APMA if you know of a podiatrist in need of assistance. APMA is in communication with the Texas Podiatric Medical Association about accommodating members who may need dues relief in the wake of the disaster.

Looking for ways to help? Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow licensed health-care providers employed by a hospital and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to assist with disaster response operations. 

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Hospitals must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number.

TDLR licenses the following health-care providers:

  • Athletic trainers
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia therapists and practitioners
  • Hearing instrument fitters and dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and prosthetists
  • Podiatrists (effective September 1, 2017)
  • Speech-language pathologists and audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, call TDLR at 800-803-9202 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT or email

APMA also encourages its members to give to the American Red Cross. Thank you for your generosity at this time of need for members of the podiatric community and others in Texas.

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