Should you volunteer?
Your participation as a professional volunteer in the State of Connecticut Emergency Credentialing Program for Healthcare Professionals (CT-ECP) will greatly enhance our ability to quickly and effectively respond to a local, regional or statewide disaster. For personal or professional reasons, however, volunteering for inclusion in the program may not be the right choice for you to make at this time. To help you make the right choice, please take a moment to read and consider the following:

Do you usually?
• Function well under someone else’s direction and control
• Readily adapt to unfamiliar work place surroundings and new protocols
• Tolerate uncertainty and ambiguous roles and rules
• Establish and maintain structure and routine in a chaotic environment
• Tolerate highly stressful situations while remaining focused on the task at hand
• Communicate effectively with others who are under stress and not “at their best”
• Work well with others in a cooperative spirit
• Tolerate noisy work settings
• Remain calm in a crisis
• Readily access well developed internal coping skills
• Set appropriate limits and attend to self care needs during the deployment
• Seek appropriate peer support during and following the deployment
• Find personal/professional fulfillment in doing volunteer work that occurs under    extraordinary circumstances

Can you answer “yes” to the following?
• I feel adequately prepared for the role I might play in relationship to my:
    o Professional knowledge base and experience
    o Understanding what my role is likely to be during a disaster
    o Physical and emotional health status
• I understand emergency response workers are at elevated risk by virtue of their role
• I have considered the potential adverse medical and psychological consequences of    volunteering
• I have discussed this decision with loved ones and reached agreement regarding    conditions under which I will accept deployment as a volunteer and personal risks I    am willing to take
• I have my family’s emergency response plan in place

If you answered yes to many of the questions, the State of Connecticut could use your expertise during an emergency.

Be the response!
Enroll in the State of Connecticut Emergency Credentialing Program (CT-ECP)
for Healthcare Professionals program.

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