I'm on my way to the East Coast to do disaster relief. Irene left a hell of a mess and the American Red Cross is on the ground to help.
I've been a Red Cross volunteer for a couple of years now. Up 'til now I have been doing local response-- I've worked dozens of house fires and a few local floods-- but this is my first assignment to deploy out of town as an RN.
Being called up for a national disaster is an interesting experience. After getting the phone call, I must start travelling within 24 hours. That woke me up pretty fast, because I knew I had a lot of stuff to do at home before running out to a two-week trip. Yet, for the deployment itself, I can't prepare all that much, because I don't know where I'll be assigned or which kind of disaster nursing I'll be doing.
I have a flight to the in-state airport, I have the address of HQ, and I have a way to get from one to the other. I'll figure out the rest of the details once I hit the ground.