Resources to assist in hurricane relief efforts

October 3, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

It is important for members of the Michigan Medicine community to remain steadfast and provide a spirit of hope for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now, Maria, which has devastated Puerto Rico.

The U-M Health System makes regular contributions of medical supplies to the World Medical Relief Group, which ships donations to regional areas in need. Two shipping containers of goods, including some from the health system, are currently en route to Puerto Rico as part of the recovery efforts in the U.S. territory.

A summary of giving opportunities is listed below, from which you might choose to participate to support the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and other hurricane-impacted areas.

To donate directly to relief efforts

The U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) has partnered with Puerto Rico Rises to assist with disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. If you are interested in contributing, see the Ann Arbor branch of this organization.

Another option to consider is the Care Fund, established by the American Hospital Association to provide funds to hospital employees and their families. The AHA is administrating this fund “in kind” so that 100 percent of the monies are distributed to those in need.

To support organizations supplying medical relief and supplies, visit the International Medical Corps or  the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

The American Red Cross also has a general relief fund to mobilize volunteers and relief supplies.

Please click here for a list of additional groups who are supporting recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Volunteer efforts in the disaster areas

Michigan Medicine continues to monitor and respond to any formal requests for assistance that the organization may receive.

As of now, the hospital ship USNS Comfort has departed for Puerto Rico. The ship has 1,000 beds, 11 operating rooms and 500 medics. As of today, there is not a presently-known need for volunteers. However, once the Navy arrives in Puerto Rico, there may be more information about any volunteer personnel support needs.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for disasters, you can sign up by visiting the Michigan Volunteer Registry website.

Any individual request for time off will be evaluated by local unit leadership to determine approval of release time. An employee who is granted time off to deploy as a volunteer will need to utilize their own PTO/vacation time. Time away will be triaged based on specific unit needs.

Thank you for all you are doing to help those in need!

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