Click here for SFR on MySpace

Thursday, September 01, 2005

lord of the flies in new orleans

Two books stay with me throughout my life. One was Lord of the Flies and the other was Hobbes' Leviathon.
I'm not interested in these books because I believe, unequivocally, that humanity is terrible and that, left to its own devices, humans would just do one another in. I guess I just spend a lot of time wondering if this is the case (and, at least grammatically, disassocating myself from the entire situation).
Sometime last year I was talking with Zelie Pollon when she had returned from Iraq, about the premise that basically anyone, if deprived food, water and electricity, for three days, would begin to react as if in a third-world country. War would break-out. You'd see the worst of humanity alongside the best. So it goes. So when I watch and read the news about New Orleanians growing tension it's not exactly shocking. People have taken to the streets and begun arming themselves because the government failed them. Completely. Watching how terribly prepared things were, just the desolation these people have been left to, is heartwrending, it's becoming almost unwatchable.
So if you're feeling like you want to head out to Louisianna and lend a hand, self-deployment has been discouraged. However, if you're a health-care professional, New Mexico is looking for you to lend a hand. Here's the info:
SANTA FE -- Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the New Mexico Department of Health is seeking health professionals who are willing to volunteer to help the hurricane’s victims.

The New Mexico Department of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Office of Emergency Management, is the lead agency for coordination of all health care professionals deployed in response to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster.
All National Disaster Medical System and Medical Reserve Corps members are asked to contact your coordinators.
The volunteer health professionals are asked to register with the Department of Health and await assignment to areas most in need of their support. The department asks that health-care professionals do not make plans to travel to affected areas until they are contacted by the Department of Health.
“Right now, Louisiana and Mississippi are still trying to gather their resources and understand where outside communities can best serve them,” said Secretary of Health Michelle Lujan Grisham.  “We know that these professionals are eager to offer their help, and we hope we can help get them to where they’re needed most.”
Health-care professionals will be needed in areas most affected by the disaster, but they also will be needed in areas where survivors are transported.  Health-care volunteers will likely be needed in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Texas and New Mexico.
The following health-care professionals are needed as volunteers:
            Respiratory Therapists
            Emergency Physicians
            Internal Medicine Physicians
            Registered Nurses
Emergency Medical Technicians
Professionals in these areas who are willing to help should fax a short biography of their professional history to (505) 827-1938 or (505) 476-7810.  The information should include:
      • Specialty (RT, Physician, Registered Nurse)
      • Area of Practice (Emergency Department, ICU, Med Surge Unit)
      • Name
      • Address
      • Phone (Where you can be contacted)
      • E-mail
      • New Mexico Professional License Number and expiration date
      • Current Employer

Department of Health staff will contact interested health-care professionals if they are needed. These providers may be performing assessment, triage and treatment to the general population and special medical needs populations in the affected communities and other areas.

DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.                        DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY                                    DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY

All National Disaster Medical System and Medical Reserve Corps members are asked to contact your coordinators.
For more information on the need for health-care volunteers, contact the department’s Office of Health Emergency Management at (505) 476-7701.