Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Seattle-King County Disaster Team (SKCDT)?
The Seattle-King County Disaster Team is a volunteer, 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation dedicated to providing training in disaster response and medical care in austere environments in developing countries.
How can I join the Seattle-King County Disaster Team (SKCDT)?  Would I get paid?

SKCDT Board of Directors and members are all unpaid volunteers who donate their time to support the team and the communities we serve.

Please visit the Joining SKCDT page of our website for more information about our volunteer needs.

Is there any religious component of the medical missions?

Absolutely not. Although we partner with a Catholic parish to help provide medications and referral care at the Leon clinic, our missions are strictly medical. SKCDT serves all patients in need regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. There is no requirement for patients or volunteers to attend religious services or receive religious information as a condition of participation or care.

Are you affiliated with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)?  How can I join the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)?

No. SKCDT is not affiliated with NDMS or DMAT. Although there are members who participate on NDMS teams, SKCDT is an independent entity.

DMAT is part of the National Disaster Medical System. If you are interested in joining a DMAT team, please visit the NDMS recruitment page

Who has SKCDT Helped?

Haiti Medical Assistance
SKCDT volunteers have provided 19 years of medical care and food distribution to the most needy in Haiti. The main clinic is a rural dispensary the town of Leon in the southwestern mountains. At the Leon clinic, the team will see upwards of 200 patients per day that travel miles by foot to reach the clinic. In 2013, we started scheduling clinics in Castillon, an extremely rural community about three hours past Leon by vehicle up in the mountains.  In 2017, we are expanding to offer clinics in Abricot on the coast at the western tip of the Grand’Anse province.  A variety of medical specialists including nurses, medical laboratory technologists, physicians, physician assistants, paramedics and pharmacists work together to care for these individuals and help to identify those most in need.
Organizations & Communities

In addition to numerous emergency & service deployments, there are several non-profit organizations that SKCDT has partnered with to provide training on medical issues. SKCDT members have also conducted important studies and published articles on the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in Haitian men and women. This information is important for improving treatment protocols for many organizations in Haiti.

See the History page for a complete list SKCDT deployments


How can I help?

Donations of cash are always welcome and no amount is too small.

Your cash donations help us to fund our medical missions and purchase the supplies that work best in our clinic. During the PayPal payment confirmation process, you may designate a specific purpose for your donation or say it is donated in someone's name for a gift. Click below to donate securely!

Do you take donated medical supplies and equipment?

Because of the logistics and cost associated with shipping to Haiti, we do not typically accept donated supplies or equipment.  We want to make sure that whatever supplies and equipment we take are appropriate for use in Haiti and can be used effectively and safely in an austere environment.   

To support the local economy, we purchase as much as possible for our missions in country.   If you do have supplies that are in good condition and within their expiration date, please contact us at for consideration.

I have some prescription medicines from my relative who recently passed away. Can you use those?

No. We cannot accept medicines originally prescribed for others for use at our clinics. We have a defined medication supply list that is based on our approved protocols, World Health Organization essential medicines list and local availability. Not all medicines prescribed in the US are appropriate for use at the clinic.