Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps
Posted by preparedcitizens on December 8, 2008
Hudson MA Medical Reserve Corp is looking for reinforcements.
By Jeff Malachowski/Daily News correspondent
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Dec 07, 2008 @ 11:13 PM
Two years after organizing the Hudson Medical Reserve Corps, Health Agent Dr. Samuel Wong said the number of town residents who have joined is not enough to assist the health department during a crisis.
The Hudson Medical Reserve Corps, a group of volunteers with medical and non-medical backgrounds, provides assistance to medical personnel in the event of a health emergency or natural disaster.
Wong said the group was formed two years ago, yet only 45 residents have signed up. He wants to see that number climb.
“We’re not even close,” Wong said. “In order to prepare for certain emergencies we need 180 to 200 volunteers. We still have a ways to go in recruiting people.”
read the rest of the Hudson story here.
In Monson our Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps webpage is here.
Welcome to the webpage for MRC Units in Hampden County, MA
There are nine MRC Units in Hampden County including:
City of Springfield HHS
Greater Westfield and Western Hampden County, Inc.
Town of Longmeadow
Town of Monson
Each MRC Unit is currently recruiting new members, please take a few minutes to review information on this website, contact a Unit Coordinator and visit the national MRC website at http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov. MRC Units are independent volunteer based and community focused entities working together to build capacity for public health and emergency response.
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps Units in Hampden County, Massachusetts is to improve the health and safety of residents and their communities by organizing and utilizing public health, medical, safety and other volunteers. Medical Reserve Corps build the capacity of each community to better respond to natural, man-made or public health emergencies.
Kathleen Conley Norbut has done an amazing job organizing a pandemic response for our area. This woman is a local town hero and we owe her a debt of gratitude. Amazing! Kudos Kathleen.
Check this out…..
- Training: 12/9/2008 – Springfield EDS Drill Review
- Training: 12/11/2008 – Partner Shelter Training with the Pioneer Valley American Red Cross
- Meeting: 12/10/2008 – HCMRCMAG Hampden County MRC Advisory Group
- Meeting: 12/18/2008 – MRC
- Shelter Training for MRC Volunteers
Our partner organization the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has recently expanded coverage to include Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The PV ARC is offering Shelter Training for MRC Volunteers in December 2008.
Please visit the Calendar to Register.
- Hampden County Emergency Preparedness Communication Drill
On November 12, 2008, the Hampden County Health Coalition conducted a communication drill to test systems for public health, emergency response and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.
The state HHAN (Health and Homeland Alert Network) was utilized for the drill.
And for the Town of Monson specifically…
Our medical reserve corps is looking for volunteers.
Town of Monson
Unit Coordinator: Lorri McCool
Town of Monson Board of Health
110 Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
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Lorri McCool has developed brochures for the town and has held many local meetings to increase aware and preparedness in our area. She has been a dedicated and successful health agent of the area towns for many years.
We are in good and capable hands under her leadership.