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Self-deployment to Hurricane Harvey-impacted States: Message from NASEMSO

Sep 01, 2017

The National Association of State EMS Officials values the services that you provide as well as your compassion and dedication to EMS. These services are never more evident than during a disaster when EMS personnel want to assist any way possible.
 
We are asking, though, that you do not self-deploy to Texas or other Hurricane Harvey affected states. We must help those responding to this disaster to avoid the distraction and unnecessary problems created by well-meaning EMS volunteers. As you are aware, unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden to those on the scene.
 
Wait for an official request. See http://www.iaem.com/documents/FEMA-Private-Sector-Advisory-How-to-Help-Disaster-Survivors-in-Texas-29Aug2017.pdf and let NASEMSO Health & Medical Preparedness Program Manager Leslee Stein-Spencer know if you have any questions, spencer@nasemso.org.