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We all want to help those in need, and never is there a greater need than during a disaster. Unfortunately, even if your immediate response is to go help, you may not be able to do that if you haven't prepared yourself in advance.
Visit the links below to learn about disaster response, get the training needed to participate in the effort, and volunteer with organized disaster relief groups. You can also learn what you need to do at home to ready yourself and your family for a disaster.
The first and most important thing we must do is prepare our families and homes for a disaster. If you are a victim of a disaster, you will not be able to work. And if your family is in danger or you are not sure of their safety, you will not be able to focus on your job. The best thing you can do as a healthcare provider, and a citizen is to take the time NOW to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster.
The following list of websites offer resources to help you in this effort.
When is the best time to learn about disasters, emergency management, bioterrorism, or the healthcare systems response to these? NOW. If you wait until a disaster strikes to learn about how to respond, you will miss your opportunity to participate. There are multiple excellent courses available for healthcare providers and the general population to learn about the language of disaster response, as well as the medical aspects of a disaster scenario. If you can't decide where to start, look at the requirements for each of the volunteer organizations below.
Healthcare Provider Information and Classes