Mike Shulman participated in his first relief effort when Hurricane Charley hit Florida in 2004. He joined others from his high school in bringing food, water, and supplies to those affected in his community; later, he helped with the clean-up and rebuilding efforts. Five years later, Mike and his family were on the receiving end of a similar effort after a fire destroyed their home. These two incidents prompted Mike to sign up for a first aid course, and led him into a career in emergency medicine. He has been an EMT since 2010, is a member of the Boston Medical Reserve Corps, teaches labs at Boston University’s EMT-B program, and is a CPR instructor. Mike is interested in learning more about how cultural differences affect the way people accept aid after a disaster.