The American Red Cross of Alaska has received a grant from the American Red Cross national organization to increase engagement of nurses in disaster preparedness and response activities.
The grant, the American Red Cross Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award, is intended to strengthen training for the Alaska Nurse Alert System, a network of disaster nurse volunteers.Karyn Holt, RN, from left, state nurse liaison; Mary Lowery, American Red Cross of Alaska regional disaster preparedness and response manager; and Susan Hassmiller, RN.
Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. and experiences more earthquakes each year than any other state, according to an American Red Cross news release.
The American Red Cross of Alaska has teamed with state public health agencies and the Alaska Nurses Association to provide training to Alaska Nurse Alert System volunteers in disaster health, mass care and shelter operations.
Nurses in more than 40 communities have received basic disaster training in the past two years. The award will enable six additional communities to train local nurses to become members of the nurse alert system.