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MOVE Community Outreach, an IEEE-USA Initiative, is an emergency relief program committed to assisting victims of natural disasters with short-term communications, computer, and power solutions. These temporary emergency relief provisions help those affected stay connected and make sure they can access the help they need. Services include phone charging, internet & communications support, and lighting to disaster victims. Partnering with the American Red Cross, IEEE’s U.S. highly-skilled volunteers provide this technical assistance via a Mobile Outreach VEhicle which is accessible during a disaster.
When not deployed for natural disasters, MOVE volunteers conduct community outreach and facilitate learning opportunities for students and the general public in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They have been as far west as Texas, and as far north as New York to get students excited about STEM.
The MOVE Community Outreach Truck
A major component of this initiative (in addition to IEEE’s member volunteers) is the MOVE Community Outreach Truck, which went into service in March 2016. The vehicle was deployed for disaster relief 8 weeks in 2016, aiding in 5 disaster situations. In 2017, MOVE responded to 2 Hurricanes and historic flooding by October. It was also used as a command center to help prevent loss of life, by the American Red Cross and their “Sound the Alarm” community smoke alarm installation program.
Take a tour of IEEE-USA’s MOVE vehicle with Jay Diepenbrock and Grayson Randall (recorded June 2019 at !MS 2019 in Boston):
Source: Ig Electron – June 2019
- Disaster Relief Efforts
- STEM Outreach
- Request the MOVE truck for your event
- Be a Volunteer!
- Fact Sheet (updated 09.17.17)
What is IEEE?
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