People could volunteer to assist North Carolina with emergency response, including in the dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine. Some steps are to be taken.
Volunteer in North Carolina
Whether you would like to cooperate in responding to public health emergencies or natural disasters, there are steps everyone should take prior to volunteering to the North Carolina Emergency Management.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)'s current purchasing efforts are allocated to medical supplies that include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Important supplies involve masks, respirators, safety glasses, goggles, gloves, face shields, gowns, coveralls, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray or wipes, and ventilators, reported NC DHHS COVID-19 Response.
The novel coronavirus pandemic is an all-hands-on-deck kind of response. The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) has also garnered numerous requests for help in order to search for places to volunteer, reported NCNA.
Interested people need to create a profile on North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM)'s "TERMS" (training, exercise, and response management system) website. You can follow a step-by-step guide that could be found online, reported WRAL.
To offer help to NCEM's COVID-19 response, you should complete the following:
- Register for a personal profile in TERMS.
- On the response profile page, select "join a team" and choose "ESF8 - Public Health and Medical Services."
- Choose "COVID 19 Medical Response Volunteers."
- Pick the team you would like to join and select "Request Membership."
State Surplus has offered guidance for state and local government agencies and schools on Executive Order 122, associated with donation and/or transmssion of medical/health supplies with PPEs included.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, numerous health care facilities in North Carolina, especially long-term care facilities, are looking to urgently hire staff for full-time, part-time, or temporary roles. There is an immediate need for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants, among other jobs, to boost current workers and, at times, fill in for workers affected by COVID-19.
The East Carolina University School of Nursing is working hand-in-hand with NCDHHS to match health care workers who manage to have extra shifts to facilities in the nurse's local area.
NCDHHS is actively looking for volunteers for clinical and non-clinical roles through the State Medical Response System. Also, NCDHHS is soliciting assistance from vendors and producers that could have medical supplies or PPEs.
Volunteers would be vetted, involving a criminal background check and license/credential check.
Potential volunteers will be requested to provide personal information, involving their name, drivers license number, social security number, home address, occupation, emergency contact, and other information. NCEM is also interested in any languages spoken or special skills that may be useful.
Capital Medical Reserve Corps is for medical and non-medical volunteers who are interested in helping during public health emergencies, special events, and disasters that have had a chaotic impact on a community's healthcare infrastructure.
People willing to volunteer for such roles should first register through the NC Training, Exercise, and Response Management System (NC TERMS).