Like you, I am greatly saddened by the tremendous loss of life and widespread devastation resulting from Saturday’s powerful earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Nepal and members of the UCSF community who have family, friends or colleagues in the affected areas.
At UCSF, we are driven by a passion to improve health locally and around the world. We are grateful to the Institute for Global Orthopaedics & Traumatology for its work with the HRDC Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Katmandu, Nepal. In the coming months, they plan to teach surgeons in Nepal the necessary reconstructive skills to treat earthquake victims over the long term. For those of you who would like to contribute to the response and recovery efforts, a list of nonprofit organizations doing relief work in Nepal is available at www.charitynavigator.org
If you know of members of our UCSF community who are currently traveling on UC business in Nepal, please notify the Risk Management office so that we can work toward providing extraction assistance. If you are planning a trip outside the U.S., you have access to iJet, a global travel alert system provided by UCSF. This tool can assist you with timely alerts about natural disasters, health risks, and evacuation assistance in the aftermath of a disaster. You also should always register your global travel at http://www.ucop.edu/risk-services/loss-prevention-control/travel-assistance/enrolling-in-uc-trip-insurance.html to ensure that iJet can track your travel and communicate with you in an emergency. For more travel information, go to http://rmis.ucsf.edu/business-travel-insurance
A tragedy such as this serves as a solemn reminder that we must ensure that we are prepared for a similar situation and that we are able to effectively respond to an earthquake whether we are at home, school, or work. UCSF’s emergency management plan includes a mass notification system known as WarnMe to notify faculty, staff, students, trainees, and affiliates about an immediate threat to their safety or health at UCSF. In order to receive WarnMe emergency alerts by phone, text message or email, you must enroll using your UCSF employee or student ID number. Go to https://warnme.ucsf.edu
Again, I extend my sympathy and best wishes for recovery to those personally affected by the tragedy in Nepal.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor