Krista McNallySep 1, 2017, 1:40 pmSep 1, 2017, 10:28 pm

Police, healthcare workers volunteer to help Hurricane Harvey victims

500 Northwell Health Employees have volunteered to go to Texas; Nassau police will be hosting a fundraiser on Sept. 6

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Members of the law enforcement and health care communities are joining forces to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

500 employees from Northwell Health have volunteered to go to Texas to provide assistance.

"We need to provide care to the ill and the injured and it doesn't matter where we do it or how we do it, as long as we do it with passion and the best ability we can," said Mary Mahoney, Sr. Director of Emergency Planning and Clinical Preparedness for Northwell Health.

A command center has been set up at Northwell Health headquarters where they are coordinating operations, locations, credentialing and volunteer selection.

"It is very important that we know exactly what it is that they are requesting," said Michael Dowling, the President of Northwell Health.

40 volunteers will be deployed Monday, and return the following Monday. Northwell Health has three weeks of volunteers already lined up, as there will be new issues related to the storm as well as the regular medical issues the people in Texas need addressed.

Meanwhile, on Long Island, representatives in Nassau County have announced a major fundraiser they will be holding where all of the money raised goes directly to charities assisting the victims.

The fundraiser will be held on Sept. 6 at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh.

This is about caring and doing the right thing," said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. "I hope everyone opens up their pocketbooks, you can drop a check at any precinct or union offices and obviously, we will accept that also."

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