How Oncology Nurses Can Assist in the Wake of Natural Disasters

How Oncology Nurses Can Assist in the Wake of Natural Disasters
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The 2017 hurricane season has already left a wake of devastating damage from hurricanes across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, displacing and and threatening thousands of ONS members and the patients with cancer and communities they serve.

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The 2017 hurricane season has already left a wake of devastating damage from hurricanes across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, displacing and and threatening thousands of ONS members and the patients with cancer and communities they serve. Countless emergency workers and healthcare professionals are devoting their time, efforts, and personal safety to help those in need. Institutions in the affected areas have been shut down, and countless patients with cancer have been evacuated and relocated in the wake of these storms. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with local medical institutions, is working hard to ensure care remains undisrupted for patients with cancer. 

National organizations like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the AABB—who coordinate blood collection efforts during disasters—are currently accepting donations for the victims of recent natural disasters. Additionally, the HHS has been sending personnel and relief support to help state and local authorities respond to healthcare needs.

ONS members in the any of the affected areas who are looking for ways to help can report to local Red Cross affiliates for more information.

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