Deployment to an emergency or disaster site where there is limited resources and physical hardships may be more difficult for some than others. Please consider the following before agreeing to be deployed for a volunteer assignment.
Remember that while you may NOT be able to deploy to an emergency or disaster site there may be ancillary support functions you could perform away from the site.
Do you have children or adult dependents? Will you be able to arrange for their care while you are gone? Can these arrangements be easily extended if your assignment runs longer than anticipated?
Do you have pets? Will you be able to arrange for their care while you are gone? Can these arrangements be easily extended if your assignment runs longer than anticipated?
Is there someone who can take care of your home while you are gone (take in the mail and newspapers)? Are your bills (utilities, rent) paid and up-to-date?
Are you taking any prescriptions that may impact your ability to be function in an emergency or disaster situation such as causing drowsiness? Does your medication require strict administration times or need refrigeration?
Do you have a health condition such as significant mobility concerns or heart condition that would prohibit your participation? Do you have difficulty bending or stooping? Can you sit or stand for extended periods of time?
Do you have allergies to medications, foods or insect bites?
Do you have a medical condition such as asthma or diabetes which could worsen due to the difficult conditions at an emergency or disaster site?
Do you have a psychological condition such as anxiety disorder or depression which may prohibit your participation in a disaster response?
Have you had a recent emotional or psychological event which would make you unable to participate effectively in a disaster response?
Do you have special dietary requirements which you may not be able to follow while at an emergency or disaster site?
Are there any other concerns that would make you unable to participate effectively in an emergency or disaster response at this time?