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Memorandum of Cooperation City of Austin & the University of Texas

Following Hurricane Katrina, the City of Austin approached the School of Nursing with a request to formalize our relationship in the event of future disasters. The intent was to streamline and strengthen the process to call-up volunteers. The purpose of the memorandum is to delineate the “cooperative efforts to be undertaken by City of Austin and the School of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Social Work, in relation to preparedness for large scale medical shelters and vaccination or prophylactic medication clinics in the event of a disaster, terrorist event, or in the event clinics are otherwise required due to a public health emergency.”

This formal agreement between the City of Austin and the University of Texas (involving three professional schools: Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work) for call up of resources in disaster response, has been signed by the City of Austin and the University of Texas (January 2008).

UT: Nursing - Social Work - Pharmacy

The School of Nursing is providing a template for action and organization to the College of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work. The Disaster Mobilization Plan and the committee structure for the School of Nursing was shared with the College of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work.

Each school and professional discipline can bring strengths, skills, and talent to a disaster response event. For example, pharmacy students and faculty can perform intake and patient assessments, administer vaccinations, assess medication needs and perform pharmaceutical dispensing functions. Social Work students and faculty can perform intake and patient assessments, triage evacuees or patients, initiate on-site case management, and provide crisis counseling.

Click here to download the School of Nursing Disaster Mobilization Plan (PDF).

University Health Services

As a follow-up to a University-wide table top exercise on pandemic influenza in December 2006, University Health Services (UHS) initiated extensive planning for handling a pandemic influenza outbreak. UHS has developed an detailed plan for reconfiguring the Health Center, modifying patient flow and intake, and setting up a 24 hour hotline to provide health and treatment information for callers (in anticipation of an emphasis on in-home care for sick students). The School of Nursing may provide assistance with the telephone hotline and triage activities.