FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2014
CONTACT: Jennifer Miller, (608)
STATE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS URGED TO SIGN UP WITH THE WISCONSIN
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEER REGISTRY
WEAVR Volunteers Respond To Natural Disasters and
Public Health Emergencies
MADISON—Wisconsin resident Richard Wagner is a former park ranger,
wilderness guide, and military trainer. He is also a Wilderness
Emergency Medical Technician (W-EMT) and a WEAVR volunteer.
WEAVR stands for Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry, a database of health care professionals, active and retired, who
make themselves available to respond in case of a natural disaster or
public health emergency.
“I joined because I know that when a large scale event happens it
will be difficult to muster the resources needed to respond,” said
Wagner. “I help because I can, and I want to be part of supporting my
neighbors on their worst day.”
WEAVR volunteers help local response teams organize relief efforts
during large scale emergencies anywhere in the state. Besides active or
retired health care providers, like doctors, nurses, and EMTs,
professionals in behavioral health and animal health are also encouraged
“The expertise volunteer health care professionals can provide during
an emergency is incalculable,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer.
“The great thing about volunteering with WEAVR is that the health care
professionals can decide if and when they can participate at that time,
so it needn’t interfere with their professional or personal schedules.”
Health care professionals can self-register on the secure,
password-protected Web-based registration system. It is recommended that
they have their credentials ready to make the process move more quickly.
Credentials are verified to make the response to an emergency more
efficient and timely.
In 2003, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to create a
registry of volunteer health professionals. In 2012, WEAVR launched a
robust, efficient registration system, with 1,400 volunteers registered
so far. WEAVR volunteers have assisted in Milwaukee doing screenings of
evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, staffed Red Cross shelters during
floods in southern and central Wisconsin, and worked at call centers
during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Governor Scott Walker has declared April 6-12, 2014 Volunteer Week in
the state of Wisconsin.
For more information about WEAVR, including details on how to
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