ERMI in Action

ERMI-MA works with Partners In Health

Published 17 February 2010

ERMI-MA team spent three weeks working with Partners In Health (PIH), Boston, MA.  The team, working with eight members and four members in training, provided massage Monday, Wednesday and Friday's starting Monday the 25th of January and finishing up on Friday the 12th of February.  They provided massage for the entire staff of PIH, who had been working continuously since Haiti was devastated.

PIH was founded in 1987, two years after the Clinique Bon Sauveur was set up in Cange, Haiti, to deliver health care to the residents of the mountainous Central Plateau. PIH co-founders had been working in the area for years. The Clinic was just the first of an arc of successful projects designed to address the health care needs of the residents of the poorest area in Haiti. In the 20 years since then, PIH has expanded its operations to eight other sites in Haiti and nine additional countries and has launched a number of other initiatives.

The response to ERMI-MA's works is reflected in this letter received from PIH
"We can't thank you enough for the generous donation of massages for our office staff.  It's amazing what relaxing massages will do to boost office morale and keep us going through these round-the-clock hours.  We couldn't do it without your support and we truly appreciate your generosity.  Thank you for thinking of us.  Partners in Health team"


June 2005 - Emergency Response Massage International (ERMI) is formed as an umbrella association to standardize training and to become a clearinghouse for independent emergency response massage teams around the US and the World.

October 2005 - ERMI is deployed to Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.  ERMI members from Alaska, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, Washington, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, New Hampshire, California, South Carolina, & North Carolina spend eight weeks on the Gulf Coast working with FEMA, MEMA, MS Dept. of Health, SAR, MED-1, NEV-1, DMORT, Law Enforcement & the Fire Departments of the six county Gulf Coast Mississippi area.

November 2005 - ERMI is deployed to Louisiana for two weeks to work with the Baton Rouge Fire Department and the New Orleans Police Department.

Marilyn Schendel, Terri Urban and Greg Jones provide massage at Waveland FD, MS KatrinaMyra McCall and Kathie Bright work FD #3 Biloxi, MS.  KatrinaTim Cochran, Debra Casebere, Rosalie Hutchens, Susan Beam work NC-MED1 in Waveland, MS.  KatrinaMERMI members, Sarah Sanford, Cindy Kirk and Kieth Gosline working at the FEMA trailer deployment center Hancock County, MS.  KatrinaAllison Walkowski and Lynn Corrigall work at DRC #16 Hancock Couty, MS.  KatrinaSam McKraken, Glena Vines and KJ Derrick at Baton Rouge FD, LA.  Katrina

January-December 2006 - ERMI set up chapters in AZ, CA,  LA, MA, MD, MN,  NY, PA, and VA.

November 2007-EMRI New York deployed after ice storms in Rochester.

May 2008-Minnesota team, MERMI, deployed after tornadoes strike Hugo MN, works closely with the county Sheriff's departments.

Cindy Kirk, Hugo, MN after tornadoes struckCindy Kirk working after the Red River Floods

September 2008- ERMI Louisiana works with Dept. of Homeland Security, and Dept. of Mental Health in Baton Rouge following Hurricane Gustav.  MERMI, works with police, National Guard and Fire department during the Republican National Convention in Mpls/St. Paul.

January 2009- ERMI MD provides massage for the MD Emergency Management Agency during the inauguration of President Obama.

July 2009 - MERMI receives Chiefs Award of Merit, from the Minneapolis Police Department for their work during the Republican National Convention.

January 2010 - ERMI MA provides massage for Partners in Health, Boston, following devastation in Haiti.

Cindy Kirk, MERMI State Coordinator receives Chiefs Award of Merit, from the Minneapolis Police DepartmentAlida Thomas ERMI-MD,working during Obama's inaugurationERMI-MD team working with MD Office of Emergency Management