Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus
ACNM extends its deepest sympathies to the families, homes and communities across the Plains and the Midwest that have been torn apart by the recent storms. In this time of crisis, we hope those affected can find comfort and healing, and hope for the future and the rebuilding that lies ahead.
While it is difficult to know exactly how we can be helpful as an organization during these difficult times, ACNM’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus has resources and information below that address emergencies and natural disasters. Please take a moment to review the topics below to see how they might apply to you and the women you serve. If you have further questions about this, please contact Karen E. Hays ([email protected]) and Robbie Prepas ([email protected]), co-chairs of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus.2. Find out if the Medical Reserves Corps and Public Health Reserve Corps are deploying people and setting up Alternative Care Environments / Centers. These makeshift health-focused temporary sites (either in tents, or gymnasiums or multi-purpose rooms) often neglect to address the needs of pregnant, birthing, lactating women, or women who have experienced sexual assault. Ideally, CNMs/CMs should already be on the MRC or PHRC rosters, but even if not, you can go to these facilities to advocate for women's and infants' needs.
3. If you are not from an affected state like TX or OK, (or whatever state you might want to go to other than your own), it is NOT LEGAL to practice as an APRN or CNM/CM unless:
(a) you are being deployed with a recognized federal or state agency or
(b) the state's licensing body has recognized you - some states can do 1-day licensing in emergencies.
Many states have a compact for RNs to get immediately recognized, but this is not in place for APRNs yet. Learn more here: http://www.nursetogether.com/list-of-nurse-license-compact-states
*Also note that when you cross state lines to practice as an APRN/CNM/CM, you are bound to the legal definitions/scope of practice in the state where you treating the patient, not the state where you live/are licensed.
4. Review ACNM's Disaster Preparedness and Response information
5. Information from SAMHSA for anyone who may care for families emotionally/psychologically affected by disaster.
Their mobile app is excellent and free:
Subscribe to the Disaster Caucus Listserv below to network with others interested in getting involved in disaster relief efforts:
About The Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus (DPRC) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
The DPRC was approved by the ACNM Board of Directors in September
2011. Our purpose is to promote the health and well-being of women and
infants during both domestic and international humanitarian crises
through advocacy, policy building, and direct response. Any ACNM member
or student member is welcome to be a member of this caucus— no previous
disaster experience required.
Meetings: Our first exploratory meeting was held in San Antonio, TX, on May 24, 2011. We meet annually at the ACNM Annual Meeting. The next meeting was held during the 2013 Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN on June 1, 2013. On May 13, 2014 we will offer a workshop at the Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
Download the following documents to learn more and to register to participate:
Disaster Response Resources: