This month marked the 17th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies to happen on American soil.

This month marked the 17th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies to happen on American soil. Of the many lessons that came out of Sept 11th 2001, perhaps the most important for Emergency preparedness is the need for a preregistered volunteer force.

Having the pre-registration and pre-credentialing of volunteers allows the coordinating agency to match the skills of the volunteers with the needs of the requesting agency and prevents the possibility of volunteers getting turned away. This is very important for medical personnel who are licensed to practice.   This increases the efficiency of making volunteer assignments and reduces the work of processing volunteers at the emergency site.

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