|Michael F. Easley
|Carmen Hooker Odom
For Release: IMMEDIATE
|Contact: Jim Jones|
N.C. disaster planners looking for medical, non-medical volunteers
RALEIGH – Hurricane season has begun, and North Carolina’s emergency medical services are looking for medical and non-medical volunteers to draw from in the event of a disaster.
Any North Carolina resident who is willing to volunteer to be deployed locally, regionally, statewide, and/or federally in the event of a disaster is encouraged to register through an Internet-based registry called SERVNC, announced Tuesday by the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services.
“It is important for us to have a base of volunteers to draw
from in the event of a disaster,” said Drexdal Pratt, chief of
OEMS. “Through SERVNC we will be able to track mission requests
during a disaster, and create a roster of volunteers whose skills meet
those identified as needed to respond. It will help us to mobilize
needed manpower on short notice.”
In the event of an emergency the system will electronically check the volunteers’ medical credentials, send a message to the volunteers via e-mail, telephone and/or pager, and provide notification of all mission specific information and instructions for accepting or declining the mission.
“We’re anticipating a strong response,” Pratt said. “We
live in a state where hurricanes can affect the mountains and the coast,
and where tornadoes have torn through communities. This registry will
provide the backup our first responders will need in the event of a
disaster or emergency.”
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