Dear NYSNA Nurse,
Tragically, the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) has reached 10,000. Communication has been limited, and family members are struggling to find each other in the aftermath of the storm. Many survivors lack access to food, shelter, clean water, or the medical care they desperately need.
In the midst of this horrific devastation, nurses are stepping up to do what we do best: care for those in need. NYSNA nurses took immediate action on Saturday and began collecting donations for relief, circulating flyers in our facilities and sharing information online.
We’re joining with RN Relief Network (RNRN) to send volunteers to the hardest hit areas. RNRN is a national network of direct-care RNs powered by National Nurses United that coordinates sending volunteer RNs to disaster-stricken areas when and where they are needed.
Today, NYSNA held a press conference at New York Presbyterian with NAFCON and 1199SEIU caregivers to get the word out and to announce next steps in our joint relief work. You can help right now!
Nurses are needed to provide life-saving medical relief for survivors of the typhoon. The RN Response Network is coordinating volunteers. Click here to sign up to volunteer!
RNRN deployed nurse volunteers to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Volunteers worked side-by-side with local RNs to provide necessary relief. RNRN was organized in 2005 when Katrina and Rita — two of the most destructive hurricanes in history — dramatically exposed America’s flawed disaster relief system.
If you have family members who have been affected by the typhoon and need support, or would like to share your story, please e-mail Julia.Camagong@NYSNA.org.
Forward this webpage link to spread the word. You can also share this information on Facebook and Twitter. Click here for donation and volunteer information on our website, and to download a flyer to print and distribute in your facility.
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.