The AHIMA Foundation's Health Information Relief Operation Fund, will give cash grants to health information professionals who need help after a natural or man-made disaster. Seeded by a $10,000 donation by AHIMA, the HIRO Fund (pronounced "hero") is currently accepting applications and donations on its website.
AHIMA will also assist members who have trouble paying their membership dues or completing continuing education credits to maintain their certification due to disaster. And it plans to update its disaster preparedness and recovery resources, including a number of free online articles, tools, and templates.
"We never know when something's going to hit," Kuehn says. "Joplin told us that--overnight their world changed with 20 minutes of warning. We need to be prepared ahead of time--and that's what our field is all about; disaster planning and making sure we are one step ahead of the game."