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PA Secretary of Health Recognizes Pennsylvania Volunteers; Urges Greater Citizen Involvement
Date:4/17/2009

'National Volunteer Week' is April 19 - April 25

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Secretary Everette James today praised Pennsylvania's volunteers for selflessly giving their time to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters and urged other citizens to join those important efforts.

"National Volunteer Week starts Sunday and is a great opportunity to thank our volunteers for generously sharing their time, energy and expertise to make Pennsylvania a safer place," said Secretary James. "Volunteers play an essential role in ensuring every community is ready to respond to large-scale disasters like floods, infectious epidemics or acts of terrorism.

"Coordinating a medical response during a large-scale disaster is a tremendous challenge. The best way to meet that challenge is to have a system in place - like our SERVPA registry - that can identify and deploy registered, pre-credentialed medical volunteers."

The State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania, or SERVPA, is a statewide secure database of pre-credentialed health care professionals and others who are interested in volunteering their services in the event of a disaster or public health emergency. It was created in response to a federal mandate to improve the nation's disaster response capability.

The registry's comprehensive, standardized Web site manages up-to-date registration information, ensures a proper vetting process of individuals who sign up, and keeps track of potential deployment of volunteers to serve disaster-affected communities when needed.

SERVPA's key features include:

  • Collection and validation of identity, credentials, licenses and other important information;
  • Coordination of preparedness planning;
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