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FOR RELEASE: September 7, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

State Health Department Teams Aid Katrina Evacuees

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has deployed two medical teams to provide medical care to Hurricane Katrina evacuees arriving at Camp Gruber and Falls Creek.

“This is truly public health in action,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Crutcher. “The State Emergency Plan charges us with providing medical operations. We are pleased that our efforts to upgrade our capabilities in the past few years will benefit people displaced by this horrible disaster.”

The teams are composed of OSDH staff and members of the Medical Reserve Corps. Each team includes physicians, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, mental health professionals, and a variety of medical support personnel.

In addition, OSDH has activated its emergency operations center and has sent staff to assist at the State Emergency Operations Center at the State Capitol. Local hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and pharmacies across the state have volunteered services and donated supplies and medication to the effort.

The public health and health care volunteer enlistment effort is being coordinated through the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps. Those health care workers who wish to volunteer can contact the Medical Reserve Corps at 1-866-336-5672 or visit their Web site at www.okmrc.org.

Oklahomans who wish to volunteer in the hurricane relief effort, but are not health care workers, should contact such relief groups as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.


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