SERV SD (Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers)
Experiences such as 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis have shown that many of our nation’s medical professionals are willing to volunteer their services when a large-scale disaster occurs. During these times of extraordinary demand, hospitals and other health care providers need to depend upon the services that health volunteers can provide. However, utilizing these volunteers presents a major challenge to hospital, public health and emergency authorities. The federal Emergency System for the Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) was created to help eliminate problems encountered in utilizing medical and health care volunteers in complex emergency situations.
The ESAR-VHP program has awarded each state funding to create local systems for the advanced registration of medical and health care volunteers. Operating under the auspices of the South Dakota Department of Health, the Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers in South Dakota (SERV SD) coordinates the pre-registration of medical and health care professionals who may be willing to volunteer in the event of an emergency. The goal is to register qualified individuals, verify their respective credentials, and provide education and training in the area of disaster response. SERV SD will also create a database of medical and health care volunteers who can be mobilized immediately in response to an emergency.
The department understands and respects the sensitivity of the information provided on behalf of volunteers and has taken the following precautions to protect the information:
- Information provided is protected by an industry-standard firewall.
- An SSL certificate ensures secure transactions between Web servers and browsers.
- Authentication is required to access the system via user name and password.
- SERV SD will not provide your name and information to agencies without your permission
Regsitering for SERV SD
Step 1: Select Your Group
Start by selecting the volunteer group or groups that match your interests. If you are not sure which group to join, click on the group icon and a volunteer group description will appear. Check appropriate box or boxes and click continue.
Step 2: Create Your Account
Create a user name that you will use to log in to the SERV SD registry. Then create a password that is a combination of six characters, numerals, symbols, or a combination thereof.
Step 3: Complete Registration
You will be asked to provide contact information as well as specific information pertaining to the group or groups you have selected to join, including information necessary to validate your credentials and to meet federal standards. When you register you will enter information on the best way to contact you. If a deployment opportunity occurs, this is how you will be contacted. Therefore, please be sure that the information you give is accurate and up-to-date. Any time you have changes in your contact information, please log on and update your profile.
Step 4: Approval Process
Your application will be automatically approved or manually reviewed depending on the group you have selected to join. The approval process may take several days to complete; once your application status has changed you will receive an e-mail notification. Once approved, you are a SERV SD volunteer and will be able to log on to access news and announcements and you are now eligible to be alerted of volunteer opportunities. You will also be able to log on and update your information at any time.
Participation in a deployment opportunity is optional. You may decide at the time a call is made to volunteer if you are willing and able to respond.
SERV SD is a state-owned-and-operated registry and will not provide your name and information to agencies without your permission. For additional information regarding the program or registration process, you may contact Andy Klitzke.