WOOD RIVER – Madison County Health Department will hold volunteer orientation training.
When emergencies happen, families and neighbors have to join together to meet challenges. Preparing for the public health consequences of disasters leads to enhanced resiliency in the days, weeks, and months afterward. Madison County Health Department takes its responsibility to protect citizens seriously, especially during a disaster affecting the public’s health. But we recognize that we cannot do it alone. That is why the Madison County Health Department continues to build its volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
The department works to prepare for disasters that could affect the public’s health, especially in the area of infectious disease. In a large-scale disaster that has the potential for spreading disease, additional trained volunteers will be needed to help Health Department staff get antibiotics or vaccines to the public who are most at risk. Since November 3, 2005, Madison County Health Department has been recruiting volunteers for its Medical Reserve Corps unit.
“Our goal is to have well trained volunteers functioning effectively under the Incident Command System in order to maximize community health during a public health emergency,” said registered nurse Debra Tscheschlok, public health emergency response coordinator. “Volunteers do not have to have a medical background because we need individuals to fill non-medical positions as well as those licensed to administer medications. Volunteer orientation training is the first step toward meeting this goal.”
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. Madison County Health Department encourages our community to be better prepared and we invite community members to join this effort. One opportunity to get involved in preparedness in Madison County is to become a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). You do not need any medical background to be an MRC Volunteer. The department is seeking people 18 and older with a variety of backgrounds and interests to join the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps.
Madison County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will be holding a Volunteer Orientation Training session on Monday, March 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Madison County Health Department, 101 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River. Volunteers will learn about the Madison County MRC, Public Health 101, Incident Command System, Strategic National Stockpile, and Family Preparedness. To attend the training session, call Cathy Paone, Madison County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator, at (618) 296-6096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Advanced registration is required to attend the training; seating is limited.
To learn more about the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps, visit the Madison County Health Department website, http://www.madisonchd.org/medical-reserve-corps.shtml.