What is the Seattle-King County Disaster Team (SKCDT)?
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 AssistanceSKCDT 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