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northwest tribal emergency management council shari mattson cooper nwtemc statewide mrc coordinator
Northwest Tribal

Emergency Management Council

Shari Mattson Cooper

NWTEMC Statewide MRC Coordinator

nwtemc medical reserve corps
NWTEMC Medical Reserve Corps

Application process to officially establish unit:

  • Collaborative MRC unit to serve all member tribes of the NWTEMC
  • MRC representatives from participating tribes
  • Encourage each tribe to consider using MRC resources in their communities
how did mrc start
How did MRC start?
  • September 11, 2001
  • Other major disasters
  • Injuries overwhelm hospitals and staff, first responders
  • Spontaneous volunteers
  • Supplies not accessible
mrc what is it
MRC – What is it?

A Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit

is a group of medical and support

volunteers who are:

community-based

organized

preparedness-trained

Intended to supplement existing community health, medical and emergency response systems

Volunteers are pre-screened, credentialed and trained in all-hazards response in advance

Participate in community health outreach programs

May deploy to other locations but emphasis is LOCAL

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VISTA

Volunteers in Service to America

NCCC

National Civilian Community Corps

Grantees include:

American Red Cross

Habitat for Humanity

Boys & Girls Club

Foster Grandparents

Program

Senior Companion

Program

Retired & Senior

Volunteers (RSVP)

Created in 1960

Since created over 170,000 volunteers

have served in

137 countries

mrc basics
MRC BASICS

RECRUIT volunteers to respond

in a public health emergency

TRAIN volunteers to respond

efficiently and be prepared to

function in an emergency

RESPOND as needed in an emergency

SUSTAIN the interest and commitment of the volunteers, participate in community events

why do we need an mrc
Why do we need an MRC?
  • Incidents of Nature
    • Severe Weather
    • Earthquakes
    • Fires
    • Tsunami
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
    • Major Interstate Highways
    • Pipelines
    • Railroads
    • Haz/Mat Facilities
  • Domestic Security Incidents
    • Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
    • Mass Clinic Needs (Smallpox, Anthrax)
benefits of mrc
BENEFITS of MRC
  • Provides supplemental personnel to support existing public health and emergency response systems
    • Surge capacity
    • Vaccination and prophylactic treatment
    • Field response
  • Provides mechanisms for information sharing and coordination among community partners
    • Emergency management and public health systems
  • Enhances community preparedness through citizen involvement
    • Communities improving their own health and safety through local volunteers
  • Allows communities more autonomy in responding to emergencies
    • Immediate response and action
    • Less reliance on state and national resources
where is mrc today
Where is MRC today?
  • Emphasis is local
  • MRC Units housed by:
    • health depts.
    • emergency management depts.
    • religious organizations
    • hospitals
    • local volunteer organizations
    • colleges and universities
  • MRC Units established in cities, counties and regions across the country
  • MRC Units established by tribes
national mrc status
National MRC Status
  • 853 MRC units in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam
  • Over 168,388 volunteers:
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Veterinarians
  • Pharmacists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • EMTs and Paramedics
  • Epidemiologists
  • Health Educators
  • Others…SUPPORT PERSONNEL
washington state 20 mrc units
Carnation-Duvall MRC

Carnation, WA

Fall City MRC

Fall City, WA

Grays Harbor Emergency Health Worker Reserve Corps

Aberdeen, WA

Island County MRC

Coupeville, WA

Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management MRC

Bremerton, WA

Lower Elwah Klallam Tribe MRC

Port Angeles, WA

MRC of Eastern Washington

Spokane, WA

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council MRC

Tulalip, WA

Region IV MRC (Southwest Washington)

Vancouver, WA

Pierce County MRC

Tacoma, WA

Samish MRC

Anacortes, WA

Shoalwater Bay

Tokeland, WA

Skagit County MRC

Mt Vernon, WA

Snohomish County MRC

Everett, WA

Snoqualmie Tribe MRC

Snoqualmie, WA

Tulalip Tribes MRC

Tulalip, WA

Vashon Island MRC

Vashon Is, WA

Washington Region 3 MRC

Olympia, WA

Whatcom County MRC

Bellingham, WA

Yakama Tribe MRC

Toppenish, WA

Washington State 20 MRC Units
nwtemc mrc where we re at
NWTEMC – MRCWhere we’re at:
  • Collaborative MRC unit for member tribes of NWTEMC
  • MRC representative from each participating tribe
  • Volunteer recruitment within communities
  • Coordinate NIMS training, practice drills and exercises
  • Assist individual tribes develop their own MRC units
  • Work with partners to develop MRC role in emergency response
ntwemc mrc partners
NTWEMC – MRC PARTNERS
  • Tribal Emergency Management Agencies
  • Tribal Councils/Board of Directors
  • Health Clinics
  • Police Departments
  • Fire Departments
  • Public Health Departments
  • Community Volunteer Organizations
  • Local Schools and Colleges
  • Local, state and federal agencies
nwtemc mrc where we re going
NWTEMC – MRCWhere we’re going:
  • Have trained, prepared medical personnel and support staff to assist during an emergency within the tribal communities of Washington State
  • Sensitive and respectful of the cultural needs of those Native American communities
  • Work with ALL partners to identify and address the specific needs of each tribal community
  • Educate our communities on emergency preparedness
  • Participate in community outreach programs to improve the overall health of the communities
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NWTEMC Medical Reserve Corps

Each tribe is encouraged to participate and utilize MRC resources in their communities.

???QUESTIONS???

contact us
CONTACT US:
  • Shari Mattson Cooper, NWTEMC – Statewide MRC Unit Coordinator

(360) 632-6288

scooper.mattsoncooper@gmail.com

  • Lynda Harvey, NWTEMC – Director/Chairperson

(425) 508-3967

blockwtch1@aol.com

  • Jesus Reyna, MRC Region X Coordinator

(206) 615-3678

jesus.reyna@hhs.gov

  • Scott Carlson, WA State Volunteer Systems Coordinator

For questions about ESAR-VHP, WAHVE

(360) 236-4086

scott.carlson@doh.wa.gov

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For a complete list of all

MRC Unit Coordinators,

Regional Coordinators and

National MRC program information:

www.medicalreservecorps.gov

NWTEMC - MRC updates and contact information will be posted to the NWTEMC website:

www.nwtemc.org