Answering the Call
Chiropractic care has been a proven contributor of emergency relief operations for man - made catastrophes since 1995 in response to the Oklahoma City bombings, in 2001 at NYC's Ground Zero and in Washington DC at the Pentagon. A strong presence of chiropractic support was also appreciated in response to natural disasters during the relief operations in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, in 2007 during the California fires, and in 2009 after Italy's earthquake in the central region. For all of these occasions spontaneous groups of dedicated doctors formed teams ready to serve, sometimes even at a moment’s notice. These continued emergency response experiences and disaster appeals occurring in so many countries have shown the necessity of the chiropractic profession to create a new branch to regulate and coordinate these emergency response teams. The CAT organization serves as the communication bridge between the national associations of Chiropractic and the National Societies of the International Red Cross.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization with 186 member National Societies and close to 100 million volunteers worldwide. More commonly known as International Red Cross, the IFRC has been handling disaster relief for decades, and throught their national societies they are tightly linked to each country’s respective national health care system by providing emergency medical services. Those who work in the IFRC disaster services department describe "The relief operation is a sprint and the recovery operation is a marathon."
Chiropractic Action Team, INC is officially recognized by the World Federation of Chiropractic (www.wfc.org) which is the world's largest governing organization which for the chiropractic profession. The WFC regulates approximately 100,000 licensed doctors of chiropractic in 92 different countries all over the world. Doctors of chiropractic recognize that disaster has not only a physical impact on people and their environment, but also physiological effects which can be exacerbated if services are not delivered quickly or effectively and which can last long after the event. When stressed beyond their limits, emergency workers' general adaptive potential decreases which can lead to less healthy decisions.There is a great deal of evidence emerging about how disasters affect people, and Doctors of chiropractic make a positive contribution to the humanitarian aid environment by enhancing people’s well being both pre and post disaster.
CAT, Inc is an international humanitarian aid non governmental non profit organization that consists of a world - wide network of doctors of Chiropractic that desire to donate their professional services by volunteering in disaster relief operations to physically support first responders and emergency relief workers in collaboration with the Red Cross.
"The Red Cross is the light in the darkness.
It is the duty of all of us to see that it does not go out."
- Albert Schweitzer
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