Clay County Medical Reserve Corps Seeking Volunteers
Volunteer your skills during a disaster or emergency
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, safe, and resilient communities. The MRC was founded in 2002 after President Bush's State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The MRC provides the structure necessary to pre-identify, credential, train, and activate volunteers in the event of a disaster or public health emergency.
In August 2012, The Clay County Medical Reserve Corps, sponsored by the Clay County Health Department, was established as part of this national network of locally based volunteer groups. These groups build healthy, prepared, and resilient communities by:
· Supporting local emergency response efforts
· Supporting local public health initiatives
· Participating in community preparedness activities
The Need – Will it be a tornado, flood, pandemic flu, or terrorist attack? We never know what it will be or when it will strike our area. We do know that a multitude of volunteers will be needed to help victims and provide support to relief efforts. In addition to emergency response, the Clay County MRC will promote and support important year-round public health initiatives to improve the overall health and well-being of our community.
Anyone Can Volunteer – The Clay County MRC needs and has a place for you. When disaster strikes a community, volunteers of all skill levels are necessary to help those in dire need. By volunteering now, BEFORE the disaster strikes, you become part of an organized response effort, helping those in need more quickly. Clay County MRC welcomes medical, public health, and non-medical individuals at least 18 years old who are willing to serve our local community when needed.
The Clay County MRC will be hosting two informational sessions where community members can learn how to become an MRC volunteer and submit a volunteer application. Both sessions will be held at the Clay County Health Department at 601 E. 12th Street in Flora, IL. You can attend either session and do not need to attend both.
· Tuesday, February 25th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
· Saturday, March 1st from 10:00-11:00 am