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Tip of the week: Keep an eye out for those who want to give back

Hospital Safety Insider, July 29, 2009

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We read an interesting story about how the recession can in fact bolster emergency planning efforts.
 
How? Through volunteers who are out of full-time work but want to do something with their time and expertise, according to The New York Times.
 
“Even as the recession has led to reduced budgets, it is also bringing forth a class of highly skilled volunteers who agree to work for only a thank you,” The Times wrote.
 
A case in point: The American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys told The Times that its current volunteer roster includes an unemployed chef who assists in a kitchen, a former engineer who conducts shelter inspections, and the owner of a logistics company who oversees the Red Cross’s supply warehouse for free.
 
Check with your hospital’s human resources office and your community’s emergency planning authorities to see what kinds of folks have asked about volunteer work, as you may be able to put some of these people to work in your emergency response efforts.
 



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