Volunteer through ServNY for CCARES

News from Health, Posted on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 12:17pm

In cooperation with the New York State Department of Health, the Cattaraugus County Health Department is proud to be participating in ServNY, a comprehensive volunteer management system created to assist officials during public health emergencies.

Logo: ServNYPublic Health and healthcare emergencies caused by natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or disease outbreaks require a health and medical response that depends primarily on the mobilization of qualified, well-trained personnel.

Volunteers will be called upon when the response to an emergency or disaster requires more personnel and resources than local emergency response programs have on hand. Not every emergency will require volunteers. Volunteers may be called upon to dispense medications and vaccinations, treat evacuees in an emergency shelter, augment healthcare facility staff, or assist in many other ways.

The Cattaraugus Chautauqua Allegany Regional Emergency Support (C.C.A.R.E.S.) has a registry of healthcare and non-healthcare personnel who volunteer to provide assistance in an emergency or major disaster in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Registering does not guarantee that you will be called upon, nor does it mean that you must participate. By completing the application, your credentials will be validated prior to an emergency so that you can be deployed quickly and efficiently.

Volunteering through ServNY to assist C.C.A.R.E.S. will help protect our communities during a health emergency. Volunteers will receive free advance training and "on the spot" training if their services are ever needed.

For further information please call 716-701-3393.