Disaster Volunteerism Academy at World Cares Center


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Peter Killcommons, MD, is the founder and CEO of MedWeb, a medical imaging, teleradiology, and telemedicine company that offers products to medical organizations around the world. MedWeb supports many philanthropic missions, and Dr. Peter Killcommons also aids initiatives on his own. The World Cares Center is one of the causes Dr. Pete Killcommons personally supports.

Founded in 2001, the World Cares Center strives to create a community of organizations dedicated to disaster preparation and relief. One of the center’s many initiatives is its Disaster Volunteerism Academy, which provides practical training to individuals, community leaders, and disaster relief volunteers who seek to further their community involvement.

The academy delivers general readiness training, as well as courses at introductory, advanced, and leadership levels. At the advanced level, three courses are offered:

1. Comprehensive Flood Response Safety: Participants learn about environmental hazards, safety precautions, and the proper way to use various personal protective equipment (PPE). They also study home assessments, and the best methods for removing debris and mold from homes damaged by flooding.

2. Emotional Resiliency for Disaster Workers: The students are taught to recognize and evaluate signs of stress caused by working in this trying field, as well as learn stress management techniques. Students can choose to take a course designed either for those working in natural disaster areas, or areas affected by a pandemic.

3. Pandemic and Ebola Safety for Ancillary Volunteers: This course teaches students about pandemics and how to prepare for the emergency situations they may encounter, from precautionary practices to the proper actions to take should they inadvertently come into contact with the disease.

New Fisher House Slated for Columbia, Missouri

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Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons currently serves as the CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in mobile medical technologies that can be deployed in developing countries. Outside of his professional life, Peter Killcommons is a longtime supporter of Fisher House.

Fisher House Foundation recently announced the selection of 14 new sites to place Fisher Houses, including Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Similar to the mission of Ronald McDonald Houses, Fisher Houses provide families crucial support by allowing them to live free of charge while their loved ones are receiving inpatient hospital treatment at VA medical centers.

Truman Memorial spokesman Stephen Gaither said that the hospital sees veterans from 43 surrounding counties, meaning that some families have to travel long distances for their loved ones to receive treatment. Fisher House Foundation president Dave Coker said he believes the Columbia Fisher House could begin construction as soon as 2018. Thus far, Fisher House Foundation is responsible for a total of 71 houses built near VA hospital facilities and military bases.

Grassroots Disaster Training for Youth through WorldCares Center

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Peter (Pete) Killcommons, CEO of medical imaging and communications group Medweb, leads all aspects of company operations, including the group’s disaster response division. On a personal level, Peter Killcommons contributes to such relief organizations as the American Red Cross and World Cares Center.

Dedicated to helping communities prepare for and respond to disaster, WorldCares Center provides in an effort to achieve these goals a variety of grassroots training sessions. Programs are available to all members of the general public, who benefit from understanding their community’s needs and risk factors in a public emergency. WorldCares begins raising community awareness of these issues with its Grassroots Readiness and Response Overview training, which introduces participants to the resources they have and the skills they need to act appropriately during an emergency.

In addition, young citizens may participate in community awareness, disaster volunteering, and individual and family preparedness programs specifically designed for their age group. In these training programs, youth learn about the impact of natural and human-driven disasters while developing the leadership and problem-solving skills they would need in such a situation. Dedicated to empowering young people in disaster response, WorldCares also offers a youth-focused Train the Trainer series, which prepares participants to be emergency readiness leaders in their own communities.

The OST Program at the World Cares Center

CEO of the telemedicine technology distribution company Medweb, Peter Killcommons is in charge of the Radiology, Disaster Response, and Telemedicine divisions. Under the leadership of Peter Killcommons, Medweb develops products capable of working in less than ideal conditions. Moreover, Pete Killcommons supports the World Cares Center, which unites agencies and organizations to promote the emotional and physical healing of the responder community.

Headquartered in New York City, the World Cares Center works to advance collaborative and proactive disaster preparedness, resilient recovery, and response between community members and their emergency managers. The Out-of-School Time (OST) Program, one of the center’s grassroots readiness and response programs, is designed for children from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The program enriches children’s lives with a combination of academic, cultural, and recreational activities after school, and during the summer and holidays. OST-run activities promote extended learning time and increased emotional and social learning. They also bridge the gap between students’ home and school lives. Participation costs students and their parents nothing, and the program schedules its activities to accommodate working parents.

According to the World Cares Center, students who participate in afterschool programs have a lower likelihood of dropping out of school than those who do not participate. Furthermore, they are almost twice as likely to graduate as non-participants. Participants have also been observed to possess higher educational aspirations than non-participants, and improved school attendance.

Pete Killcommons, MD – Water Scarcity and Why Building Wells Matters

Pete Killcommons, MD, has financed a well in a small village in Afghanistan. As a physician and world traveler, Dr. Pete Killcommons has firsthand experience with the consequences of unsanitary water. Unfortunately, limited access to clean water is a worldwide epidemic, with hundreds of millions of people affected.

Not only is contaminated water unsafe to drink, it contributes to the spread of disease. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that dirty drinking water and poor sanitation cause 80 percent of the disease in developing countries.

In remote areas with limited water availability, it typically falls upon the shoulders of women and children to collect and transport enough water for their family’s daily use. The average African woman travels nearly 4 miles per day to collect about 44 pounds of water that she carries on her head. Doing this regularly can cause spine and pelvic problems, miscarriage, and chronic fatigue.

When a village has its own reliable source of clean water, women can spend more time raising their children, educating themselves, and even working at paying jobs. With healthy residents and increased agricultural opportunities, communities on whole benefit from clean water as well. Those who, like Dr. Peter Killcommons, want to help alleviate the problems of unsanitary or scarce water supplies can donate through a variety of charitable venues.