Berkeley, Calif., Medical Reserve Corps volunteers treat and prepare patients for transport during the Operation Urban Rescue: Mass Casualty Simulation Exercise in April.
WOOD RIVER – The Madison County Health Department is offering residents an opportunity to become a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps.
The health department is hosting volunteer orientation training Tuesday, Sept. 22. There is an opportunity for everyone to help and no medical experience is necessary.
The health 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 where the potential for disease exists, trained volunteers will be needed to help health department staff get antibiotics or vaccines to the public.
Since Nov. 3, 2005, the 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,” Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator Debra Tscheschlok said. “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.”
The health department is seeking people 18 and older with a variety of backgrounds and interests to join the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps.
A volunteer orientation training session is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 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, contact Madison County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Paone at (618) 296-6096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Advanced registration is required to attend the training. Seating is limited.
Madison County Medical Reserve Corps is part of the Gateway Volunteer Network in Missouri and Illinois. It is a collaborative effort to bring people volunteering for public health emergencies together into one group to increase communication and build a stronger network of volunteers. Visit www.facebook.com/gatewayvolunteernetwork for more information and click on the Learn More Save Lives tab to sign up for information about volunteer opportunities.
For information Madison County Medical Reserve Corps, visit www.madisonchd.org/medical-reserve-corps.shtml. For information on the Madison County Health Department, visit www.facebook.com/MadisonCHD, follow them on Twitter at @MadisonCHD or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/MadCoHealth; for information on the Gateway Volunteer Network, visit www.facebook.com/gatewayvolunteernetwork.