Brian Sherin Puts His Skills to Work in Haiti
Sherin (right) and DMAT team mate Brandon Bond
anticipate arriving home after a tough tour of duty in Haiti. (Photo
courtesy Brian Sherin.)
SLAC Deputy Director of ES&H Brian Sherin recently returned from a deployment to Haiti with the U.S. Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He dealt with plenty of horror and disorder during his two-week stay. But somewhere, between setting up temporary medical centers, treating patients, and managing safety and security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sherin and his fellow volunteers shared a few lighthearted moments, too.
They slept on the front lawn of the U.S. Embassy for a few days, where security lights were kept on all night. Every morning at 6 a.m., the lights shut off, forcing volunteers to fumble around in semi-darkness until the sun came up. One morning, Sherin's fellow volunteers asked a minister if he could do anything about the situation. The minister jokingly spread out his arms and commanded to the heavens, "Let there be light!"
"About thirty seconds later, we got a magnitude 6.0 aftershock," Sherin said with a laugh.
Sherin, who is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area-based
Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-6,
was deployed to Haiti just after the earthquake on Tuesday, January 12. DMAT members are recruited because their "day jobs" provide them with skills applicable for disaster work.
DMAT volunteers are on call for a total of two months a year. When activated, they become paid federal employees for short stints.
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Sherin to Present Today on Haiti Medical Relief Efforts
Today at noon in Kavli Auditorium, SLAC Deputy Director for Environment, Safety and Health Brian Sherin will share some of his
experiences working in Haiti with the U.S. Disaster Medical Assistance Teams. Sherin recently returned from Haiti, where he participated
in early-response relief efforts from emergency medical aid to disaster response
The talk is free and open to all.
Heat Outages Notice
There has been a major hot water leak at SLAC that will affect the availability of heat in some buildings. Employees should prepare to dress warmly in the event their building is one of those without heat on Wednesday, February 3.
More detail will be provided as it becomes available.
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