Volunteer Nurses Needed for Hurricane Emergency! - page 14

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Volunteer Nurses Needed for Hurricane Emergency! We hope that you and your family have weathered the hurricane safely! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Many have not been as lucky... Read More


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    I have posted the information on how to help from Sandy, an RN from Kenner on this titled website. Please respond. The thread is titled "How to help" thanks much.
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    I got this e-mail from the Porter county Red Cross.

    Porter County Indiana encompasses Valpariso Indiana. THis may work for nurses in NW Indiana and in parts of Chicago.

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    We are conducting disaster training classes this Sunday, Sept. 11th from 9AM until approximately 6PM at the Porter County United Way office in Valpo. We will also be conducting classes on Saturday, Sept. 17th, same times, at our office. The basic prerequisites for all disaster relief workers are these classes. If you are interested in either of these classes - just show up. This training will allow volunteers to work in shelters. If you want to work in the health field there is additional Red Cross training. I am still trying to get this lined up, so at this time there is not date for this 2 day class.
    Basically, what I am recommending health care workers to do is to register at fema.gov and go down that way or to take our basic training, go down as a shelter worker with your credentials and hope that once they know your skills they will use you in the appropriate health work - but there is not guarantee on that. I am sorry I cannot give you more info at this time, but I hope to see you in one of our classes since this will be a long term relief effort and we will be needing workers for a long period of time. Thank you so much for thinking of others in this difficult time.

    D. Williams
    Exec. Director, Porter County Chapter
    American Red Cross
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    Montgomery Area Relief Call Center is looking for Volunteers

    Please call 800-283-0711 or stop by the old K-Mart Building at 2333 East South Blvd.

    Dialysis nurse volunteers are being requested in the Mobile area due to a large influx of MS patients. Contact Valerie Murray at 251-435-5466 to help.

    Thank you
    April Bishop
    Programs Coordinator, ASNA
    Ph: 334-262-8321 Fx: 334-262-8578

    Alabama Emergency Management Agency
    http://disaster.ema.alabama.gov/

    http://www.ana.org/news/disaster/katrina.htm#hope
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    [B]ATTN: If you are interested or know any who may be interested in providing the following help to Louisiana, please send a pm.

    You may have seen this information, but I have provided a new contact in case you are having trouble getting through to numbers you may have tried. I am trying to organize a group to see how many people are interested. You do not have to reside in Lousiana to volunteer.

    Anyone who has the following experience and can fullfill the listed requirements, please pm contact info to me. Please write Volunteer! Include the state you reside in, and contact information, including name, phone numbers, and any professional organization you may be affiliated with. You do not have to be affiliated with any organization, but if you are, please include.

    The following information was obtained from: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050903a.html

    Looking for people with these qualifications:


    Nursing Assistants/Nursing Support Technicians
    Chaplain/Social Worker
    Nursing Staff Directors
    Patient Transporters/Volunteers
    Psychologists
    Nurse Practitioners
    RNs
    LPNs
    Social Workers
    Mental Health Workers

    Please be advised that individuals must be healthy enough to function under field conditions. This may include all or some of the following:
    12-hour shifts
    Austere conditions (possibly no showers, housing in tents)
    No air conditioning
    Long periods of standing
    Sleep accommodations on bedroll
    Military ready to eat meals
    These workers will be non-paid temporary Federal employees, and will therefore be eligible for coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act for liability coverage and Workman’s Compensation when functioning as HHS employees. Although there will not be any salary, travel and per diem will be paid.
    Individuals with no healthcare background can find information on volunteering USAFreedomCorps.gov or by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 7, '05 : Reason: deleted email address
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    Dear Medical Registry Volunteer:

    As the backbone of our volunteer response, you have tremendously multiplied our ability to provide hurricane victims health and medical services. The Florida Department of Health thanks you for your willingness to assist our neighboring states at a time of great need.

    Mississippi’s requests for assistance have been decreasing, so we are preparing to stand down our activation of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for Hurricane Katrina. Deployed individuals from Florida will be demobilized and return home by September 30. Federal resources continue to be a presence in Mississippi enabling them to begin to rebuild their infrastructure.

    However, due to the longevity of the recovery period other organizations will continue to utilize and deploy health and medical volunteers to the impacted areas. We urge you to take this opportunity, between events, to contact these other organizations, register with them, and receive their orientation training. Your opportunity to be called as a volunteer is enhanced if you are already registered and trained by these organizations.

    The American Red Cross, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are examples of organizations that you may contact. Please visit the following websites:

    http://www.volunteerflorida.org/
    https://volunteer.ccrf.hhs.gov/
    http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov
    http://www.redcross.org/services

    Florida would like to continue to rely on your expertise and skills for future emergencies. Therefore, please continue to update your profile on the Florida Department of Health’s medical volunteer registry at www.disasterhelp.net/medical. This website will be available for the coming year, and, as you know, our hurricane season is still going strong.

    Thank you again for volunteering your services to help. Please keep in touch through our volunteer medical registry. If you have any questions, please let us know.

    --
    Sincerely,

    John O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.
    Secretary, Department of Health
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    Quote from glascow
    [B]ATTN: If you are interested or know any who may be interested in providing the following help to Louisiana, please send a pm.

    You may have seen this information, but I have provided a new contact in case you are having trouble getting through to numbers you may have tried. I am trying to organize a group to see how many people are interested. You do not have to reside in Lousiana to volunteer.

    Anyone who has the following experience and can fullfill the listed requirements, please pm contact info to me. Please write Volunteer! Include the state you reside in, and contact information, including name, phone numbers, and any professional organization you may be affiliated with. You do not have to be affiliated with any organization, but if you are, please include.

    The following information was obtained from: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050903a.html

    Looking for people with these qualifications:


    Nursing Assistants/Nursing Support Technicians
    Chaplain/Social Worker
    Nursing Staff Directors
    Patient Transporters/Volunteers
    Psychologists
    Nurse Practitioners
    RNs
    LPNs
    Social Workers
    Mental Health Workers

    Please be advised that individuals must be healthy enough to function under field conditions. This may include all or some of the following:
    12-hour shifts
    Austere conditions (possibly no showers, housing in tents)
    No air conditioning
    Long periods of standing
    Sleep accommodations on bedroll
    Military ready to eat meals
    These workers will be non-paid temporary Federal employees, and will therefore be eligible for coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act for liability coverage and Workman’s Compensation when functioning as HHS employees. Although there will not be any salary, travel and per diem will be paid.
    Individuals with no healthcare background can find information on volunteering USAFreedomCorps.gov or by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.
    I would like to volunteer as a Family Nurse Practitioner in any capacity in MS or LA, and could easily commute 3-4 days per week. Please send any local contact numbers for volunteering long term.
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    It took about 5 days to get my Red Cross application since the online application was not working so it was mailed to me, that took awhile and no one called me back so I had to "bug" and bug some more....just to offfer help.
    BUT I DO know how busy they are with everyone trying to sign up...they have to be bogged down, so keep trying if you are wanting to help ..they still need a lot help down there!
    Well.. I went to the Southeastern Philadelphia Red Cross Chapter for my one day 9 to 4 training and it was very basic..many people of
    all ages [several older folks like in their 70's!) all races and about 7 nurses like myself, it seemed a few nurses had disaster training [unlike me ] but it did not matter, the nurses may have to pitch in and do other things not just Nursing related tasks I heard--which is fine-this is what its all about!
    One or 2 did not care for that. I've been out of work and wanting to help out so I am happy to go, esp. now when things got a bit calmer.
    I put I'm available immmediately on my application-now I was told I can change it for later since well into Dec many are needed, i may still gow now when they call..at any given day to head to Baton Rouge or outside the Houston area *unless* someone can tell me what it is like down there now coming into early Oct. (maybe cooler?)
    I am concerned about the heat I'm having many frequent hot flashes which drive me nuts and being in excesssive heat I'm rather concerned [I have mild asthma too nothing bad] but I want to do my best!
    I heard from the RCross ladies we will most likely have AC (and nurses get better treatment she said lol ) I dont acre about that lol its the doggone heat
    We will sleep on cots near others etc. lights out at 10pm and we are to bring our own sheets, extra water [in cases] too they want us to put in 3 weeks with 2 weeks being the least amount- I'm opting for 2 weeks.
    Bottom line, has anyone volunteered with the RC or other type palce RECENTLY and how did you find it as far as heat goes? ty soo much for any replies I want to help and realize these people have it very hard but I need to be able to function to help - hope I don't sound selfish here but these flashes are murder :angryfire LOL

    My best, Mimi
    Last edit by auntmimi57 on Sep 30, '05 : Reason: spelling err


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