The Clay County Medical Reserve Corps

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Mission

The mission of the Clay County Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC) is to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities in Clay County
by recruiting and training a corps of medical, non‐medical, and public health volunteers to assist in response to an emergency, including mass dispensing/vaccination, natural disasters, and public health initiatives.

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of locally‐based volunteer groups that are dedicated to building strong, safe, and resilient communities. They do this by supporting local emergency response efforts, supporting local public health initiatives, and by participating in community preparedness activities.
The Medical Reserve Corps was originally created after the September 11 terrorist attacks when President Bush urged all Americans to volunteer in service of our country. It was clear during the attacks that there was a need for additional personnel to supplement emergency response efforts in a more organized fashion. The MRC provides the structure necessary to pre‐ train, credential, and identify volunteers before a disaster occurs.

Who Can Volunteer?

The MRC welcomes both medical and nonmedical professionals to volunteer. We want to develop a unit that has people with various skills and competencies. All adults are invited to apply and go through the interview process. If you want to help your community, this is a great opportunity to get involved! It’s also a great way to better prepare yourself and your family for potential disasters.
Emergency Response Efforts:

What do MRC Volunteers Do?

Participate in trainings and exercises

Care for individuals with special needs in emergency shelters

Assist with medication dispensing activities during a disease outbreak

Respond to emergencies at the request of the health department

Public Health Initiatives:

Health fairs

Blood pressure screenings

Health education

Providing first‐aid during a large scale event

MRC volunteers receive valuable training that can be helpful in various emergencies. Volunteers participate in online and classroom trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Personal Preparedness, Family Preparedness, Psychological First Aid, and the Incident Command System. MRC volunteers also participate in exercises put on by the health department, which is valuable preparation for responding to emergencies.

Become a Volunteer!

1.Submit volunteer application

2.Verification (You will not be responsible for paying for any verification processes)

  1. Background Check
  2. Licenses/Cert. Check
  3. Interview

3.Approval or disapproval of application

Once you have been approved as a volunteer, you will receive more information about upcoming orientations and trainings. We hope you will join us in our mission to improve the well‐being of Clay County!

Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Clay County MRC Coordinator, Brian Lane, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at (618) 662‐4406 ext. 111 with any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

 

Where We Are Located

  
601 E 12th Street 
Flora IL 62839
Phone: (618) 662-4406
Fax:     (618) 662-2801

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