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Reference for Article Below: University of Richmond, University Communications. Retrieved January 12, 2009, from http://oncampus.richmond.edu/news/aug05/Green.html

"Don't Go,"
Disaster Expert Warns Well-Intentioned People Who Want to Help Hurricane Victims

August 30, 2005

If you’re thinking about traveling to Louisiana or Mississippi to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, perhaps you should think again.

“Don’t go,” says Walter G. Green III, associate professor of emergency services at the University of Richmond. Unless you’re a part of an organized group that is part of the disaster response system that has been requested to help, you should stay at home, Green says.

“If you’re a Red Cross volunteer and your group has been requested, by all means, go. Make sure you have the supplies the organization tells you to bring, but go,” Green says. “But if you’re Billy Bob and seven neighbors, don’t.”

“A lot of well meaning people actually become a burden to the area they want to help,” Green says. They come without their own food and water and have to be taken care of along with local population. Some come without equipment or training or authority and have to be shepherded around by local authorities, as the New York Fire Department had to do in the World Trade Center disaster.

What about sending supplies? Again, don’t unless you do it the right way, says Green. “Don’t send ‘stuff,’ like one can of beans or three old T-shirts. Don’t empty out your closet of stuff no one will use.” Instead, donate money through established disaster response organizations. Check out the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at www.NVOAD.org, Green says, for lists of disaster organizations.

Businesses or corporations who want to help should contact authorities in the affected states, according to Green. Check out states’ Web sites to locate their emergency management agency for advice on how to send such items as pallets of water or cleaning supplies.

Finally, you should be prepared at home, Green says. “Any intelligent person watching what is happening in Louisiana and on the Gulf Coast should realize that disasters happen everywhere.” Get prepared now, he says. “Preparation does make a difference in costs after a bad event.”

Green teaches emergency services management and disaster science to undergraduates and graduates in the university’s School of Continuing Studies. His Disaster Database Project, a global database of disasters from hurricanes in Florida to the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, can be found online at http://cygnet.richmond.edu/is/esm/disaster/.

The Mission

The Mission of How Can I Help Them is to bring positive change to people’s lives in the global community of the medically and economically underserved.

Even with the healthcare reform and the poverty initiatives worldwide, new methods, new thinking, new medical advances, additional medical services, and new technologies are necessary to address global inequities in medical care, healthcare, economic and social well-being, education, disaster relief and poverty abatement.

A Catastrophic Disaster Through A Child's Eyes

This child lost his entire family in the earthquake

This charitable initiative is based on the premise that “One Makes the Difference.” Whether “One” represents one person, one dollar, one hour, or one action, it is a call to you and to me. The mission and strategic goals are many.

  • The goal is to inspire actions that change our world.
  • The goal is to get more people involved to make a difference.
  • The goal is to appeal for awareness action, and donations.
  • The goal is to inspire you to ask yourself, “How can I help THEM?”
  • The goal is to get you to think and then do any little thing or large.
  • The goal is to convince you that “What Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, Your Mind Can Achieve.”
  • The goal is to provide low-tech and high tech supplies, medicines, medical information, and medical/health equipment, services and consults to globally underserviced areas.
  • The goal is to build a global medical/health networked system of telemedicine.
  • The goal is to assist with the abatement of poverty, ignorance, and hopelessness.
  • The goal is to get you to believe in the physics scientific principle that you are not too small to make a difference. Even the tiniest action you take will set forces into motion that will reverberate throughout the world for an eternity; in that the law of conservation of energy states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant. A consequence of this law is that energy cannot be created nor destroyed.

How can I convince you to do something?

…to do something RIGHT NOW?

How Can I Help THEM?

No matter who one is there is always something that one can do to help that fits his or her time, finances, or lifestyle.

This site combines How Can I Help THEM, and Telemedical Health HDHP to ACTUALLY begin to help and positively change some lives in the Global Community.

Many dedicated doctors and medical practitioners working with field techniques and little or no supplies and lack advanced medications, critical medical information, up-to-date specialist consults, or adequate technology. By Western standards and even their own standards they are underpaid and over-burdened. Typical monthly pay is approximately $300 per month for a doctor in Eastern European areas such as Ukraine. If you are tempted to think that it is relatively a lot of money because of cost differences, you are wrong. Living costs in such areas are increasing for basics such as food, clothing, and housing, and other necessities. Most people in these areas dare not think of luxuries or even adequate transportation such as their own car to travel to and from multiple jobs, their own computer and connection, up-to-date medicines, or adequate medical care. Many are prohibited from geting a visa to visit Western countries for fear that too many of them will escape their dire circimstances and never return.

The doctors and other such public servants are proud people and represent a proud culture. Over seventy years of repression has taught them to be silent, afraid, or passive to their suffering, as such, we do not hear or read about them as we do about the needs in the continent of Africa and other developing countries.

Yet, in many areas in Eastern Europe, take for example Pridnestovie, also known as Transnistria, Trans-Dniester, and Transdniestria, most of the population is below the poverty line. Pridnestovie, a disputed area of Moldova, together with Moldova is the poorest area in Europe and is poorer than most of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is widely known as the poorest region in the world

Moldova together with Pridnestovie is slightly larger than Maryland. The population estimate is 4,320,748.
Infant mortality rate:
Total: 13.13 deaths/1,000 live births
Male: 14.57 deaths/1,000 live births
Female: 11.6 deaths/1,000 live births (2009 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
Total population: 70.8 years
Male: 67.1 years
Female: 74.71 years (2009 est.)

Ethnicity:
Moldovan/Romanian 78.2%, Ukrainian 8.4%, Russian 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarian 1.9%, other 1.3% (2004 census)

A more inclusive global approach is needed. Medical care, healthcare, economic and social well-being, education, disaster relief and poverty abatement are the major areas of this initiative that with your help will develop over time.

Send as little as $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, $50.00, etc. or as much as $500.00, $1000.00, $5,000.00, etc. to help build a global telemedical network.

This is the charity’s founder’s ambitious plan for a global system that has NEVER before existed in the world.

“I will accomplish this, even if no one else helps financially -- even if it takes my lifetime to build -- but I ask you to join in the effort” Albert V. Sheppard

We will document where every penny of your money is spent

How Can I Help THEM?

To specify it’s use or to request direct feedback information or correspondence, make the donation and then email us at contact@Tele-Medical-Health-HIPAA-Dicom-HL7-PACS.org

About our
Global Telemedicine Project

Telemedicine is the most cost-effective and efficient system to provide health care; and it offers the promise of helping to democratize and equalize the availability and the best possible healthcare to people worldwide. Telemedicine is today enthusiastically embraced with high expectations in both public and private sectors. It is seen as a new system that provides effective and flexible solution to intransigent health care problems as well as financially and logistically challenged health care delivery in the United States and other parts of the world. The excitement is generated by the enormous expansion of Information Technology into everyday life, communication, education, business, industry, commerce, entertainment, and health.

Healthcare is yet a small part of this Information Age that is referred to by some as the second Industrial Revolution. As with any revolution, many old ways are dying off and new ones are emerging. Information technology is revolutionizing the way the medical community interacts with each other and with patients though the use of networking and data communications. The value of a high-speed data communication network is that it brings people together in a way never before possible.

Telemedical consults can take place in any convenient location, including the home, clinics, doctors' offices, counseling centers, schools, community centers, senior centers, nursing homes/long-term care facilities, and support groups such as veteran's groups & services, women's/children's/men's support groups, church groups, and victim's centers. Services can include multidisciplinary conferences for challenging diagnoses, in-depth therapy, medication management, and regular follow-up care.

Other uses of telemedicine include transmitting and receiving data in a healthcare environment with compliance with standards/specifications and protocol for formatting the data in/from: robotic surgery on-site and over distance, differentiation and customization for healthcare specialties, tele-conferencing, telemedical devices, medical imaging data processing, medical imaging storage and archiving, off-site viewing, medical monitoring and data reporting, tele-diagnosis, medical imaging communication, insurance/ claims processing, and other healthcare related transactions.

How Can I Help THEM?

To specify it’s use or to request direct feedback information or correspondence, make the donation and then email us at contact@Tele-Medical-Health-HIPAA-Dicom-HL7-PACS.org

One can also make a difference before and after floods, mud slides, tsunamis, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruption with ash and lava flows, poisonous gases, radiation, meteorites, avalanches, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, sand storms, drought, landslides, plague, living on a violent planet, air-born, insect and animal born viruses and deadly microorganisms Too many people feel helpless to do anything and so they do NOTHING. In spite of the efforts of hundreds of other charities and assistance organizations and volunteers, millions of people chose non-action and non-participation. The odds of a disaster of one type or another happening to or near each of us, our family and our close friends in our lifetime are likely ONE HUNDRED PERCENT certain. It can happen when you are at home, at work, in school, shopping, on the road, traveling, vacationing, visiting, on the way home, or hiding in a bunker. Nevertheless, that is NOT the primary reason that you should help. You are part of the human race. We ALL are living on this violent planet. You are part of the world family. There is always SOMETHING that YOU can do small or large. When you are injured, do not the cells of your body rise to the occasion, take action to heal your wounds and stop the pain, stop the bleeding, and stop the suffering? The GREATEST essence and purpose of life is to sustain itself. We too are all CELLS of the human race. It starts within you and is extended to all others on the planet. Consider yourself like a tiny electron. You are not too small to make a difference. Even the tiniest action you take will set forces into motion that will reverberate throughout the world for an eternity.

Like an infinite line of billions of tiny falling dominos. One tiny domino can affect billions. Each action you take has consequences around the world. You will not always see the affect you are creating, but it is inevitable nevertheless. Reach out and help. Extend the value and essence of your own life by helping to heal and save others and give them a chance for a better life.

How Can I Help THEM?

To specify it’s use or to request direct feedback information or correspondence, make the donation and then email us at contact@Tele-Medical-Health-HIPAA-Dicom-HL7-PACS.org

Information about the founder, Albert V. Sheppard, may be found at http://www.global-trade-route.com/about_us.html

This is one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the world. It's in Pakistan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Iran, Niger, China, Japan, Guatemala, India, Russia, Malaysia, Sir Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Palastine,… Thousands of people, men, women, children, families and grandparents are fleeing for their lives. Thousands upon thousands are feared already dead. Several towns have been completely flattened. Entire populations have vanished. Thousands of children and families are crushed below collapsed buildings. These are not exaggerated numbers. It's hard to for a person's mind to grasp the magnitude and know how to feel about so much death and devastation. We feel so helpless to do anything. Thousand upon thousands of people are waiting to be rescued. Most are without food, or shelter and are dieing from the heat, cold, and dehydration. Many are in desperate need of medical assistance and medication. Federal, state, and local authorities are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the destruction and number of victims. The power station outages are widespread and have caused blackouts in widespread towns and even in adjoining states that were outside the disaster area. The roads are impassable. Crime, looting, fires have flared up everywhere. Pets and wild animals are scarred, traumatized, and in the streets. Hundreds of hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, public, government, and emergency facilities have been destroyed or so badly damaged that they are out of service. Even the very old, the critically ill patients, and those in emergency surgery can not be reached in time. Most of them will die before help arrives.

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps all too familiar. Natural disasters are happening increasingly around the planet. We live on a violent planet and we are unprepared to deal with the magnitude of human suffering caused by natural disasters, disease, conficts, and wars.

"THEM?"

A short film by Albert V. Sheppard

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Watch this short video, “The Previous Bush White House - Disaster and Environment.” The original content, my first film attempt, was produced by me, Albert V. Sheppard, and my two class teammates, Jennifer L. Nord, and Brendon Nystedt while at West Valley College in Saratoga, California as student filmakers. I re-cut and edited the film to produce the current video for my Humanities 432 class project and our class professor, Neha Dave, at DeVry University in Fremont while completing my Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management and Biomedical Engineering. Credits run at the end of the film with thanks for clips that I borrowed from other videos. Some permissions are still pending. As you will notice, the film and this website is not for any commercial purpose nor profit. I have no ulterior motive or other agenda for this website. ...and I don't send out junk mail. It is my intent to bring attention and action to our common world problems in my small way and I hope you will do the same.

We need 1000's of ways that people can help to make the world better as well as to avoid or to recover from disasters and other human and planet tragedies

...sound naive? You'd be surprised what can be accomplished when one thinks about it. Think of something.
DO SOMETHING!!! Any little thing or a BIG THING!

“What Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe,
Your Mind Can Achieve”

This was Albert's adopted slogan and philosophy even before he heard of Barack Obama.

Now EVERYONE CAN Believe!!! …that They CAN achieve!!!

I began this site in 2005
…but NOW we have part of the solution as to How Can We Help “THEM”

In 2008, Albert Sheppard was appointed a “FELLOW” by the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States to work as an “ORGANIZER” for Barack.

Revenue from publication of Barack Obama book will go to this charity

It's an amazing story and a brief view of the book that I am writing -- “How Obama Did It From The Grass Roots Up.” I put my life, my business, and my MBA graduate studies at Keller Graduate School of Management on hold and agreed to be re-located and drove over 1821 miles from my home in California to Iowa -- one of the states that needed “Fellows” and “Organizers” immediately for the campaign. I was trained in Des Moine Iowa before being assigned with my team to to work as an “ORGANIZER” based in Waterloo Iowa. This was my chance to do something MORE to HELP get Barack Obama elected, to HELP “THEM”, and to HELP America and the world get on the right track for the future. Here are a few photos from the campaign. I will post more of about this experience, photos, videos, and the presidential campaign grass-roots stories here in updates. I documented the campaign with hundreds of photos, notes, Barack Obama campaign memorabilia, videos, and stories. Check back. It's a major event in world HISTORY.

Albert V. Sheppard will forever be proud that he gave up part of his life, left home, and worked to get Barack Obama elected as President of the United States


Training as Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States
Albert V. Sheppard training as a Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States

Training as Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States
Albert V. Sheppard (bottom of photo -- third from left) training as a Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States

Training as Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States
Albert V. Sheppard (third from left) at completion of training as a Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States

Training as Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States
Albert V. Sheppard, other Fellows, and Tripp Wellde at completion of training as a Fellow in Des Moines Iowa for the Barack Obama Campaign for the Presidency of the United States

Albert V. Sheppard at his desk in Waterloo Iowa Black Hawk County Barack Obama Campaign Fellow
Albert V. Sheppard, one of the Fellows performing the duties of an Organizer is seen here at his desk in Waterloo Iowa at the Black Hawk County Barack Obama Campaign office

Albert Marched in city parades in Iowa for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign in June and July of 2008
Albert marched in city parades in Iowa for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign in June and July of 2008. This Barack Obama campaign photo of June Teenth parade in Des Moines Iowa June 2008

Tickets and Invitations to the Presidential Inauguration of Barak H. Obama

Here is the invitation sent to me, Albert Sheppard, to the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden


Invitations and Tickets to the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama

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Don't turn your back on THEM

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. Ask them to think of ways that people should help, but we need your ideas too.

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Catastrophic Disaster Through A Child's Eyes

War, terrorism, genocide, floods, mud slides, tsunamis, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruption with ash and lava flows, poisonous gases, radiation, meteorites, avalanches, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, sand storms, drought, land slides, plague, insect born viruses, animal born viruses, air-born viruses, deadly micro-organisms...

Disaster in Pakistan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Iran, Niger, China, Japan, Guatemala, India, Russia, Malaysia, Sir Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Palastine,…

See Geoff Mackley's (Film maker - Storm chaser - Volcano Photographer - Mountaineer - Adventure Cameraman) full photo of this boy.

Click here to see how I am employing biomedical engineering and telemedicine/telehealth technology to help THEM

Telemedicine and Telehealth

Photo-Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Distance Learning is a medical solution to democratize healthcare, eliminate suffering and brighten lives

Telemedicine is the most cost-effective and efficient system to provide health care; and it offers the promise of helping to democratize and equalize the “availability” and the “best possible healthcare” to people worldwide.

Wild Fires Firestorms Disaster Plans Slide Show

"Don't Go,"
Don't Go! Unless… Disaster Expert Warns Well-Intentioned People Who Want to Help Victims

August 30, 2005
Don't Go! Disaster Expert Warns Well-Intentioned People Who Want to Help Hurricane Victims

Click here for the article

Need Some Inspiration and Ideas?

This book was required reading in my Economics 312 Course at DeVry University in Fremont California with Professor Abhay Ghiara. Some students wondered why he required this additional book in an economics class while other intructors who taught the class didn't require it. As a hint, the professor travels everywhere possible on his bicycle. The class and this book taught me more than economics. It taught me about the world, humanity, helping others, compassion, the brave common people who took a stand to MAKE A DIFFERENCE -- and my own responsibility to DO SOMETHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I am happy that it was required for my education; and I believe it should be Required Reading For Everyone In The World!
Albert V. Sheppard

I hope you will find it in your library, bookstore, or get it here online by clicking here:


One Makes The Difference

ONE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

by Julia Butterfly Hill

Make a donation of $50 or more and we will send you the book free

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No matter who you are, there is something that you can do that fits your time, your finances, or your lifestyle.

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Newborn babies are injured and killed in the disasters
Newborn babies are injured and killed in the disasters
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A Father With His Injured your daughter
A Father With His Injured your daughter
A Seriously Injured Young Girl Being Carried By A Disaster Aid Soldier
A Seriously Injured Young Girl Being Carried By A Disaster Aid Soldier
Childred are made homeless
Childred are made homeless
A father carries his injured young son
A father carries his injured young son
Total Destruction Of Homes, Hospitals, Businesses, and, Apartments
Total Destruction Of Homes, Hospitals, Businesses, and, Apartments -- Thousands upon thousands -- Whole families and animals buried, killed, injured, and trapped under tons of concrete and steel. Where do you start?
Badly Injured Young Boy
Badly Injured Young Boy


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