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Volunteers and First Responders Rise Up to Assist Flood Victims

Volunteers and First Responders Rise Up to Assist Flood Victims
August 30, 2016 No comments

Floods reminiscent of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina floods, have once again devastated Louisiana. Many across the nation have traveled to Louisiana during this time to help homeowners and victims alike, rebuild their lives. 100,000 individuals and households have already applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But Government officials are encouraging volunteers and medical professionals to volunteer their time because there will not be enough government responders to send out to Southern Louisiana.

Many of the medical professionals and first-responders who were residents of the affected area, are now homeless. As the Southern portion of the state becomes unable to help those in need with their own, medical professionals and first-responders from neighboring towns and states are highly encouraged to sacrifice their time to help adults and children who are in need of medical attention more than ever. Officials are worried that victims will be vulnerable to food-borne and mosquito related illnesses, as well as infections transmitted from being in close proximity with groups of people. Dr. Aaron Glatt, an infectious disease specialist in Oceanside, New York, believes the smallest illnesses that would normally be manageable, will be magnified from the lack of sanitary living quarters and medical professionals to manage health care needs.

Janice Springer, a public health nurse consultant in Red Cross’ Disaster Health Services division, says that a relief operation costing over $30 million will help provide cleaning kits to all the victims expecting to scrub mold from their homes. Red Cross has also set up sanitary stations to help reduce the spread of illnesses. Dr. Jimmy Guidry, state health officer, says that the state’s health department has sent over medical teams to shelters to assess everyone’s state of health; their goal is to isolate those who pose as health risks to others. Louisiana’s Office of Public Health says that something as simple as a tetanus shot could help prevent the deadly bacterial infection that can result from a scrape or cut — which can be common as people clean up the debris from the flood water that has mixed with sewage and other harmful contaminants.

Several volunteers from as far as Pennsylvania have returned home after spending a week in Louisiana. The volunteers helped tear down moldy walls and clear out furniture that was destroyed by the contaminated water. “I opened up the wall oven and this water came out fell down in front of me and filled up my boots,” said Susan Crosbie.

If you wish to be like Susan Crosbie or any of these invaluable volunteers, please visit www.volunteerlouisiana.gov for a list of opportunities where you can help make a difference. MDF Instruments is committed to assist first responders, healthcare workers, and victims affected by the flood. If you know anyone in the affected areas who are in need of medical equipment and supplies, please contact our team at mission.control@mdfinstruments.com.

Sources: U.S. News & WNEP

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