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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - Information for NIH Volunteers

September 2, 2005

To: All NIH Staff
From: Director, NIH
Subject: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - Information for NIH Volunteers

Thank you to all staff who have asked in what ways they may be able to help in the NIH Katrina and Rita response.

We are asking for two kinds of volunteers at this time. Please, note that those who do volunteer must be willing and able to spend 2 weeks in difficult and unpredictable circumstances. For this deployment, volunteers must be in excellent health, physically able, and able to make a complete commitment for a full two weeks to volunteer at this time. You will also need to have the approval of your immediate supervisor and executive officer if you are asked to participate to ensure that all critical agency areas are covered.

For physicians, nurses (licensed registered and practical) and clinical support individuals, please, send an e-mail to NIH Katrinaresponse indicating your willingness and your specialization, degrees and credentials. You will find the address is on the global listing. Include in your note all contact information for the weekend.

For non-clinical personnel, please, send an e-mail to NIH Katrinaresponse (nihkatrinaresponse@mail.nih.gov) indicating your willingness, any special skills (languages) or experiences you have related to this need. Include in your note all contact information for the weekend.

Finally, we must ask that once you have submitted an offer to volunteer, please, be patient and do not attempt to recontact the mailbox or IC or OD offices as there will be many considerations to be made about staffing. Also, we anticipate other opportunities to help in the NIH response as more information becomes available.

Elias Zerhouni , M.D.

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