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The DC PMRC was formed to promote public health and safety for the pediatric population within the District of Columbia As a volunteer organization we depend upon the commitment of our members as we strive to enhance local response capabilities to disasters or emergency events and to increase the emergency preparedness of local citizens in Washington, DC.
Washington D.C., DC
During the events of September 11, 2001, it became clear that there was no method for coordinating the services of thousands of well-meaning volunteers, who showed up at disaster scenes wanting to help. There was no mechanism for checking credentials and assigning volunteers where they could do the most good, and no pre-planning to ensure their safety. Nor had these volunteers been trained in methods that would allow them to work effectively as a team, interacting with other agencies at the scene. In fact, the presence of unidentified care providers created numerous problems and potentially put trained rescuers at risk. Over time, an umbrella organization called Citizen Corps was created to engage potential volunteers in disaster response, as well as to maintain public safety and preparedness. Citizen Corps includes CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), Fire Services, an expanded Neighborhood Watch, VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service), and the Medical Reserve Corps. (See www.CitizenCorps.gov for details about Citizen Corps.) The first grants to launch the Medical Reserve Corps were issued in July 2002. (See www.MedicalReserveCorps.gov for information about the national program.) It is clear that existing resources in region would be insufficient to mitigate the impact if a major disaster were to occur affecting the pediatric population. Pediatric patients require unique care and must not be left out in the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for disasters. A grant was written through the coordination of the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Children’s National Medical Center along with the District of Columbia Department of Health.
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