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Galveston County Health District
News Release
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Galveston County Health District EMS Adding Ambulance for Hurricane Harvey

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas - As Galveston County residents prepare for Hurricane Harvey, Galveston County Health District EMS (Galveston Area Ambulance Authority) is adding an additional fully staffed ambulance for response needs. There will be a total of ten ambulances (eight 911 and two transfer) operating in GCHD EMS jurisdictions throughout the weekend. 

“As the county’s largest EMS agency, we’re fortunate to be able to shift resources to adequately respond to emergencies like severe weather,” said Nathan Jung, GCHD EMS director. “In addition, we’re able to have representation in emergency operation centers and provide assistance to other agencies.” 

GCHD EMS reminds everyone to only call 911 for an ambulance in the event of a true emergency. Unnecessary emergency responses can increase wait times for those experiencing life threatening situations, especially during severe weather. 

Due to the threat of street flooding, GCHD EMS encourages people to maintain an adequate supply of prescription medications and get refills before Hurricane Harvey arrives. Since power outages may occur, those who depend on medical devices should keep them charged and consider extra batteries. 

Galveston County Health District EMS (Galveston Area Ambulance Authority) is the largest and busiest EMS agency in Galveston County. GCHD EMS provides emergency medical services to 156 square miles of Galveston County, including Bayou Vista, Hitchcock, Jamaica Beach, Galveston, Tiki Island, Bacliff, Bayshore, San Leon and unincorporated portions of the county. In 2016, GCHD EMS responded to 13,309 emergency and 3,565 non-emergency calls. Learn more about GCHDEMS at

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