Historical Perspective • After 9/11, President Bush established the Freedom Corps in the United States • Lack of Emergency Preparedness at the local level
Historical Perspective • Part of the Freedom Corps is the Citizen Corps Council • Groups under the Citizen Corps Council are: • C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Training) • MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) • USA on Watch (Neighborhood Watch) • VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) • Fire Corps
What is a Medical Reserve Corp? • Coordinates the skills of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health, dental and pharmacy professionals as well as other citizens that want to help their community. • Volunteers rapidly mobilized to assist first responders during a disaster and/or public health emergency.
Roles of MRC Volunteers • Stocking Medical Supplies • Clerical Support • Health Education • Computer Assistance • Translation Assistance • Giving Vaccinations • Distributing Medication
MRC Volunteers May Be Called Upon To: • Provide Education on Emergency Family Preparedness • Assist with Health Fairs • Assist with Flu Clinics • Offer First Aid at Special Events • Provide Support During Outbreaks • Help at Community Distribution Sites
Volunteers May Choose To Deploy Outside of Area to Assist With National Disasters such as Katrina and Rita in 2005
Physicians Physician Assistants Nurses Dentists/Dental Techs Pharmacists/ Pharmacy Techs EMT’s Veterinarians Mental Health Professionals All Other Interested Citizens Who Can Volunteer?
Tailored Membership Volunteers to the Regional MRC have choices about their membership and can change them if they need to. • Volunteers chose which level of membership they want to be in. • Volunteers can chose to serve in any specific member community or all of them. • Volunteers can chose to deploy outside the area if there is a need or stay local
Tailored Activity Level • Active – Heavily involved in training and activities • Limited – A lesser pace of training and activities • Emergency Only – Minimum training and use during emergencies/disasters only
Reasons to Activate the MRC Assignments are based on what you, our valued volunteers have told us as to where you would prefer being assigned to. Reasons for activation or response could be:
Reasons to Activate the MRC • Pandemic Flu (2009 H1N1)
Reasons to Activate the MRC • Flood
Reasons to Activate the MRC • Tornado
Reasons to Activate the MRC • Terrorism Event
Reasons to Activate the MRC • National Disaster
Reasons to Activate the MRC Transportation Mishaps
Reasons to Activate the MRC Our MRC volunteers can be activated (called to respond) to any of the situations you have just seen. Volunteers would be contacted by a variety of means and if they were available would be directed to report to a specific duty site or to a Staging Area (Gathering place for volunteers awaiting assignment)
Goals and Partnerships • Goal of 200 Wayne County Volunteers • Partnerships With Other Agencies • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) • Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) • Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) • Illinois Emergency Services Management Agency (IESMA)
MRC Orientation – On-line Point of Distribution (POD) Orientation – On-line Family Disaster Preparedness - On-line First Aid/CPR Participation in drills/exercises and practices Training Recommendations
Additional Training Opportunities • IS-100 – Introduction to Incident Command Structure (ICS) • IS-200 - Incident Command Structure • IS-700 – Introduction to National Incident Management System • IS-800 - National Response Plan • IS-300 - Intermediate ICS (for leadership positions) • IS-400 - Advanced ICS (for leadership positions) • http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims
We Can Achieve More Together! “Terrorism forces us to make a choice. We can be afraid . . . or we can be ready.” VS.
For More Information www.WayneCountyHealthDept.org Clark Griffith or Tammy Estes Wayne County Medical Reserve Corps 618/842-5166 OR firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Be prepared and help your community! Become an ACTIVE MEMBER of the Wayne County MRC!