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Medical Teams Provide Door To Door Medical Care In Brooklyn And Queens

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In response to the ongoing crises generated by Hurricane Sandy, this past week ambulances were deployed by New York City authorities to Far Rockaway and Coney Island with a team consisting of a paramedic and member of the National Guard.

Health Department staff also participated in the deployment to help identify needs for clean-up efforts. The New York City Health Department coordinated the effort with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Guard to conduct medical assessments and provide assistance to residents in high-rise buildings who may be in need.

The teams went door-to-door in tall residential buildings from 8 AM to 8 PM to visit residents to make sure that their medical needs are being met, conduct a medical assessment to determine if residents are safe, and connect residents to prescription medications. If the paramedic determined that a resident has immediate acute medical needs, the resident was to be taken to a field clinic or a hospital for additional care. The teams were focused on assessing the wellbeing of residents who have not been able to leave their apartments and who may have been without water, electricity and heat.

The Mayor’s Office has been organizing teams of volunteers to conduct door-to-door checks on residents in the most affected areas. Numerous non-profits, including Catholic Charities, Harlem Children’s Zone, United Way, Human Services Council, New York Cares, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies have been participating in these efforts. Approximately 1,200 volunteers have reached up to 2,000 people each day to check on residents, deliver meals, and assist with clean-up.

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