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Hurricane Harvey Ways to Help - Message from AANP President

AUSTIN, TX -- Nurse practitioners are on the front lines of health care, continually leading the charge to ensure that people receive the care they need. AANP has received numerous requests from members interested in learning how they can volunteer or make donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Below is a short list of ways you can help.

Volunteering - Recommendations from the Texas Board of Nursing

It is strongly recommended that all volunteers coordinate through a disaster response agency like the Red Cross and sign up for the disaster registry. Health volunteers are asked to coordinate through relief agencies or employers as housing and all resources are at a premium. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests visiting the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.

The Texas Board of Nursing implemented a Disaster Licensing Procedure.

  • The Board is following the RN Compact and expedited licensure procedures for licensure. Access details and documents.
  • Make sure to write “Harvey” and the name of the facility/volunteer entity on the application.
  • There is *not* an exemption from the physician supervision requirement for APRN practice.
  • Don’t just apply for licensure. Be plugged in with a volunteer organization, such as the Red Cross or the Department of Health.


We encourage you to visit the following websites to find out how you can support hurricane victims and identify volunteer opportunities to assist all of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Additional Resources

To find family and friends or to register yourself as safe, please visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well site.

Access information about road closures at

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued efforts to support Texas patients and nurse practitioners.

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, C-FNP, FAANP