Disaster Relief Nursing & Emergency Preparedness

What you can do to help

hurricane-harvey.jpgWe have all seen the pictures of the devastation in Texas, Florida, and surrounding areas due to recent hurricanes. As nurses, by nature, we always want to help those in need. 

If you want to volunteer:
  1. Please coordinate your efforts through a disaster relief agency, such as the Red Cross, or local volunteer organizations, such as the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry or Volunteer Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recommended those interested in volunteering to visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations. 
  2. Texas has implemented a Disaster Licensing Procedure.
    1. The Board of Nursing is following the RN Compact and expedited licensure procedure for licensure. You will need to go to the site and download the appropriate documents and make sure you write “Harvey” and the name of the facility or the volunteer agency at the top of the application.
    2. Advanced Practice Nurses will need to follow the physician supervision requirement for APRN practice.
  3. In Florida, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency, with an Executive Order granting authority for health service and treatment in Florida by any person who holds a valid and unrestricted and unencumbered license in another state, territory and/or district. You can send an email to the Florida Department of Health at bprchdpreparedness@flhealth.gov or call (850) 245-4829. 
If you are interested in donating to support relief efforts; make sure you are donating to a reputable organization such as: Lippincott NursingCenter has prepared a collection of resources to help guide your practice while you are working in the affected areas. We will be making these resources free for the next 3 months.

We ask all of you to keep the people affected by recent hurricanes in your thoughts.

Best regards,
Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer
Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Senior Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
Kim Fryling-Resare
Managing Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
Bob Maroldo
Publisher, Lippincott NursingCenter
Myrna Buiser Schnur, MSN, RN
Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
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