Region 4A MRC
Public Health Emergency Response
Our Mission: To provide public health volunteer medical services that supplement existing resources in case of disaster
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Massachusetts MRC

In 2003 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts created regions throughout the state under the newly established Center for Emergency Preparedness. Emergency Preparedness Region 4A is part of that system.

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Purpose

MRC

Region 4A MRC was formed to promote public health and safety across the region in three key areas:

  1. Public Health Emergencies – events that threaten public health, such as a disease outbreak or toxic chemical release.
  2. Mass Casualty Incidents – disasters that cause injury or threats to large numbers of people. These can include a building collapse, fire, storm, flood, or other event that displaces groups of residents that must be moved to emergency shelters.
  3. Community Service Activities – opportunities to foster the well-being of local residents; such as health fairs, blood pressure clinics, or training programs.
Notice of Public Meeting
NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING

Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, Region 4A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will conduct an Executive Committee (EC) Meeting


Thursday, October 16, 2014
9:55 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Meeting Location:
Wayland Town Hall (Selectmen’s Meeting Room)
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA


(a) Call to order and quorum call:
Gerard Cody, Region 4A Chair 9:55 AM

(b) Administrative Business:
1. Opening comments/Updates – Gerard Cody
2. Minutes
3. Fiscal Agent Update and Financial Report - IIGL


(c) BP’3 Deliverables update
MDPH Region 4A Coordinator, Archana Joshi

(d) HMCC Region 4A / 4B updates

(e) Unfinished Business

(f) New Business

(g) Next (EC) Meeting – November 20, 2014 11:25 AM

(h) Adjourn Executive Committee meeting 11: 30 AM
Notice of Public Meeting
Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, Region 4A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will conduct a General Coalition (GC) Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Wayland Town Hall
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA


(a) Call to order and quorum call: 11:45 AM
Gerard Cody, Region 4A Chair

(b) Administrative Business: 12:00 Noon
1. Opening comments/Updates – Gerard Cody
2. Damon Chaplin, MDPH Regional Manager of Metro Boston Office
• Role and responsibilities within the Metro Boston Regional Health Office
• Interacting with local health on providing technical assistance on codes, regulations, etc.
• Discussion of guidance and/or resources offered to local health
3. Minutes
4. Fiscal Agent Update and Financial Report - IIGL


(c) Monthly Reports: 12:25 PM
1. Region MDPH 4A Coordinator
a.) BP’3 Deliverables – update
2. Region 4A Emergency Planner
3. LSAC update
4. MRC update
5. HMCC update


(d) Unfinished Business 1:10 PM

(e) New Business: 1: 15 PM

(f) Next (GC) Meeting – November 20, 2014 at Wayland Town Hall

(g) Adjourn 1:20 PM

Notice of Public Meeting
Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps

NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
Under the provision of G.L. c. 30A, The Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps
will conduct a MRC Advisory Board meeting
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10:00 A.M- 12:30 P.M.
Wayland Town Hall
Selectmen Meeting Room
41 Cochituate Road. Wayland, MA 01778

Call to order and quorum by Board 10:00 AM

Administrative Business:

Approval of past MRC Advisory Board Meeting Minutes: 7/22, 8/20, 9/9
Statewide MRC Meeting/Steering Committee/Other Committee meeting
Fiscal Budget Update from Fiscal Agent IIGL/ NACCHO Funds

New Business
MRC Coordinator Deliverable Update and Discussion:

1) Review and Finalize Deployment Documents – SOP, Excel sheet, etc. POC for Cathy
2) Debrief Deployment Drill – after action
3) Volunteer Handbook – continue discussion on contents, include Kent County ideas
4) Regional Trailer Plan – begin discussion on a protocol for use. Plan for existing trailers
5) MRC Volunteer Training Update – training schedule changes and confirmed venues
6) Website Update – new information on website development with Wild Apricot
7) Deliverable Doc Update
Grant Applications –NACCHO
Future Items: MRC Best Practices, Recruiting Ideas.
Additional Member Concerns/Issues

Adjourn 12:30 PM
Notice of Public Meeting
Agenda


Region 4A / 4B EC meeting

Natick Town Hall, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
13 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


1. Introductions

2. Review report produced by Nancy Farrell from Meeting of DPH Region 4A and 4B Executive Committees
June 11, 2014, 3 to 5 pm
Massachusetts Hospital School

3. Updates from Region 4A

4. Updates from Region 4B

5. New Business / Old Business

6. Next meeting date
Notice of Public Meeting
NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING

Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, Region 4A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will conduct a General Coalition (GC) Meeting

Thursday, September 25, 2014
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Wayland Town Hall
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA


(a) Call to order and quorum call: 11:45 AM
Gerard Cody, Region 4A Chair

(b) Administrative Business: 12:00 Noon
1. Opening comments/Updates – Gerard Cody
2. Michael Flanagan, Manager – Dept. of Labor (DOL)
Presentation on DOL free resources for communities including workplace
safety and health assessments, etc.
3. Minutes
4. Fiscal Agent Update and Financial Report - IIGL


(c) Monthly Reports: 12:25 PM
1. Region MDPH 4A Coordinator
a.) BP’3 Deliverables – update
2. Region 4A Emergency Planner
3. LSAC update
4. MRC update
5. HMCC update


(d) Unfinished Business 1:10 PM

(e) New Business: 1: 15 PM

(f) Next (GC) Meeting – October 16, 2014** at Wayland Town Hall
**The date has been changed to Oct. 16th to avoid conflict with annual MHOA conference,
please note your calendars.

(g) Adjourn 1:20 PM



Note: A buffet style lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. Please be ready to begin the working lunch meeting promptly at 11:45 AM.


Notice of Public Meeting
NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING

Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, Region 4A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will conduct an Executive Committee (EC) Meeting


Thursday, September 25, 2014
9:55 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Meeting Location:
Wayland Town Hall (Selectmen’s Meeting Room)
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA


(a) Call to order and quorum call:
Gerard Cody, Region 4A Chair 9:55 AM

(b) Administrative Business:
1. Opening comments/Updates – Gerard Cody
2. Minutes
3. Fiscal Agent Update and Financial Report - IIGL


(c) BP’3 Deliverables update
MDPH Region 4A Coordinator, Archana Joshi

(d) HMCC Region 4A / 4B updates

(e) Unfinished Business

(f) New Business

(g) Next (EC) Meeting – October 16, 2014** 11:25 AM
**Meeting date has been changed to Oct. 16th to avoid conflict with annual
MHOA conference, please note your calendars.

(h) Adjourn Executive Committee meeting 11: 30 AM


NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps

NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
Under the provision of G.L. c. 30A,
The Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps
will conduct a MRC Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
10:00 A.M- 12:30 P.M.
Wayland Town Hall
Selectmen Meeting Room
41 Cochituate Road. Wayland, MA 01778

Call to order and quorum by Board 10:00 AM

Administrative Business:

Approval of past MRC Advisory Board Meeting Minutes: 7/22, 8/20
Statewide MRC Meeting/Steering Committee/Other Committee meeting
Fiscal Budget Update from Fiscal Agent IIGL

New Business
MRC Coordinator Deliverables Update and Discussion

1) Review and Finalize Deployment Documents, after action survey
2) Plan Deployment Drill
3) Volunteer Handbook – begin discussion on contents, include revised deployment docs
4) Regional Trailer Plan – update on Acton Trailer visit, protocol for storage/use
5) MRC Volunteer Training Update – training schedule changes and confirmed venues
6) Website Update – new information on website development with Wild Apricot
NACCHO Funds or Distribution Update- if needed
Potential Grant Applications –NACCHO?
Open Meeting Law – handout
Additional Member Concerns/Issues

Adjourn 12:30 PM
Notice of Public Meeting
NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, Region 4A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will conduct a General Coalition (GC) Meeting
Thursday, August 28, 2014
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Wayland Town Hall
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA

(a) Call to order and quorum call: 11:45 AM
Gerard Cody, Region 4A Chair

(b) Administrative Business: 12:00 Noon
1. Opening comments/Updates – Gerard Cody
2. Fiscal Agent Update and Financial Report - IIGL
3. EC Board terms for those expiring on June 30, 2014
5. Review and vote of Region 4A bylaws

(c) Monthly Reports: 12:25 PM
1. Region MDPH 4A Coordinator
a.) BP’3 Deliverables
2. Region 4A Emergency Planner
3. LSAC update
4. MRC update
a.) MRC Budget review
b.) NACCHO funds update
c.) MRC AB terms for those expiring on June 30, 2014
5. HMCC update

(d) Unfinished Business 1:10 PM

(e) New Business: 1: 15 PM

1.) Info sharing from ‘National PHEP Summit’, Atlanta, GA – April 2014
Ryann Bresnahan, Kitty Mahoney, and Cathy Corkery

(f) Next (GC) Meeting –September 25, 2014

(g) Adjourn 1:20 PM

Note: A buffet style lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. Please be ready to begin the working lunch meeting promptly at 11:45 AM.

Notice of Public Meeting
NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, Region 4A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will conduct an Executive Committee (EC) Meeting

Thursday, August 28, 2014
9:55 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Meeting Location:
Wayland Town Hall (Selectmen’s Room)
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA

(a) Call to order and quorum call:
Gerard Cody, Region 4A Chair - 9:55 AM
(b) Administrative Business:
1. Opening comments/Updates – Gerard Cody
2. Fiscal Agent Update and Financial Report - IIGL
(c) BP’3 Deliverables update
MDPH Region 4A Coordinator, Archana Joshi
(d) MRC Budget Review
(e) HMCC Region 4A / 4B updates
(f) 4A By-Laws - update
(g) Unfinished Business
(h) New Business
(i) Next (EC) Meeting – September 25, 2014 - 11:25 AM
(j) Adjourn Executive Committee meeting - 11: 30 AM


MRC Status Update
MRC Trainings are presently being scheduled according to community needs.

A training calendar will be posted soon.

Planning is underway for an upcoming REGIONAL SPEAKERS MEETING this spring.

Stay tuned for some great speakers that will be presenting to all MRC volunteers. This is a great way to spend an evening with other MRC volunteers from our region!
Information will be coming out soon for events being scheduled in March, April, and May.

Please feel free to contact me with any MRC related question or any assistance that may be needed.

Catherine M. Corkery
Region 4A MRC Volunteer Coordinator
corkery@charter.net
C: 508-735-3566
H: 508-755-6897

IMPORTANT CHANGE AUGUST 2013
The Region 4A MRC Website is in the process of being updated.

The Contact Information Listed in the Contact Us Section is Not Accurate:

Please Use the Following Email Address for Questions about the Region 4A MRC

mrc4avc@gmail.com

For Region 4A MRC Urgent Matters:
The MRC Executive Director may be reached at
508-358-3617

Thank You for Your Continued Support of the Region 4A MRC!
MA Responds Orientation Course

This course provides an overview on how to prepare for and respond to a public health emergency or other event. It is intended to complement additional training volunteers will receive through face to face meetings with their local MRC unit or other volunteer group, other courses recommended by volunteer coordinators and "just-in-time" training provided on-site. Modules include:

Public Health Preparedness
Incident Command System
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
Personal Preparedness
Activation
Safety and Security
Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance
Behavioral Health
The course can be accessed at www.massmed.org/cme/maresponds or by logging onto your MA Responds account. Click on administration/training and then scroll down to "MA Responds orientation course."
MEMA PING ALERT
Ping4alerts!:

MEMA encourages smartphone users to download the free ping4alerts! app. This app is available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones and receives severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA based on the user's location. Learn more here.
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane Preparedness:

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. For more information please go to: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

Family Preparedness:

Please review your family emergency plan and refresh you emergency supplies for Family Emergency Plan information please go to: http://www.ready.gov

Most of all thank you all for volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corps and for protecting the health of our communities!
Hurricane Sandy Situational Awareness Statement (SAS) #9

Situation:

Hurricane Sandy is currently off the coast of North Carolina and is expected to move north-northwest tonight and tomorrow, making landfall along the New Jersey coast sometime Monday night into Tuesday.

Given the large geographic size and duration of Sandy, Massachusetts will experience moderate to major impacts, including damaging winds for a period of 12 – 18 hours, associated widespread power outages, and heavy rains. In addition, both south- and east-facing coastlines will experience moderate to major coastal flooding and beach erosion.

Potential impacts of Sandy include:

  • High Seas: Sandy is predicted to cause unusually high seas (30 feet or greater) off the coast of New England with seas building Sunday evening and peaking Monday and Tuesday. Strong gale and storm force winds are expected with hurricane force gusts possible. Seas will be dangerous and potentially life-threatening, even for large vessels. National Weather Service (NWS) advises all vessels be in port by Sunday morning.
  • Winds: Damaging winds and associated widespread power outages are likely. Wind damage may be exacerbated in southern New England as most trees still have foliage at this time of year. Inland Massachusetts could experience sustained 30-40 mph winds with gusts of 50-60 mph. beginning Monday morning. The Massachusetts coastline will see winds of 40-50 mph with gusts 60-80 mph beginning in late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
  • Coastal Flooding: Both east- and south-facing coasts in Massachusetts may experience moderate to major coastal flooding and beach erosion during the Monday and Tuesday high tide cycles. For south-facing coasts, the Monday evening high tide is of most concern and may experience major coastal flooding. Surge is expected to reach 3-5 feet, with high energy waves of up to 30 feet approaching the coastline. There is the possibility that areas within Buzzards Bay, especially the south coast, may to see up to 6-10 feet of surge as the winds push water up into the bay, resulting in destructive coastal flooding. For east-facing coasts, minor to moderate coastal flooding may occur, with the Monday midday and midnight high tide cycles of most concern. East-facing coasts may see 2-4 feet of surge during high tide, with 3-5 feet possible during low tide cycle.
  • Rainfall: Massachusetts can expect 1 -3 inches of rainfall Sunday night through Wednesday with locally higher amounts of 3-5 inches possible, especially in the Berkshires and Worcester Hills. Rain is expected to begin Sunday night and potentially last through mid-week.

The latest 5-day forecast map from the National Hurricane Center is included below.

The State Emergency Operations Center has activated to Level 2 (Full) as of 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will expand activation to a Level 1 (Highest) on Sunday night.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for the General Public:

  • Finish your preparedness activities today:
  • Be sure to have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
  • Secure outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, decorations, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
  • Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
  • Keep your vehicles fully fuelled.
  • Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
  • Stay informed by monitoring the storm via the media.
  • Plan to stay safely indoors throughout the course of the storm, beginning Sunday night and through Tuesday morning. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are operable.
  • If you use a generator, be sure to operate it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to shut off your main power supply to your home when running your generator.
  • Do not use gas stoves or candles as heat or light sources.
  • Heed guidance and directives from your local officials.

Ping4alerts!:

MEMA encourages smartphone users to download the free ping4alerts! app. This app is available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones and receives severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA based on the user's location. Learn more here.

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Online Resources:

For additional information and resources, visit:

  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema (Hurricane preparedness tips and other preparedness information are available through the “Hurricane” link on MEMA’s homepage).
  • MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
  • MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
  • National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • National Weather Service/Taunton at www.weather.gov/boston
  • National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
  • Mass211 at www.mass211.org

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Storm Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

MEMA OFFERS TIPS AS HURRICANE SANDY APPROACHES

With the possible threat of Hurricane Sandy following a track that could have a major impact on New England early next week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends actions that people can take to minimize the potential damage from this storm.

"Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety," states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "It is important to use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute to ensure your family's safety."

Here are some examples of steps you should be taking:

  • Make sure you have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
  • Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
  • Bring in outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and used as a missile.
  • Make sure storage sheds, children's playhouses or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
  • Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
  • Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.
  • Keep you vehicles fully fuelled.
  • Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
  • Make a record of your personal property. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.
  • Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.
  • Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located and how to safely shut off all utilities.
  • Lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.
  • Boat owners, who plan on taking their vessel out of the water soon, should consider doing so this weekend.
  • Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Storm Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter; Facebook; and YouTube.

Stow MRC Promotes Family Preparedness
Photos of the Stow MRC volunteer recruitment and family preparedness promotion:

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MRC Coordinator Wanted

The International Institute of Greater Lawrence (IIGL), acting on behalf of the Emergency Preparedness Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), is seeking to retain a contractor to serve as MRC Coordinator to assist local boards of Health within the coalition to build a self-sustaining, trained, credentialed MRC of volunteers and integrate this corps into their local emergency plans; identify, train and manage volunteers. This individual will assist local public health within Metro West Boston (32 communities) in meeting Federal and State MRC grant deliverables. The selected candidate should be able to work independently with limited supervision and provide necessary transportation throughout all 32 communities in the Region. This is a 6 month contract position at $36,335; with no benefits provided. This contract position does have the possibility of renewal subject to funding and budget approval.

Additional information about the position and the application process are found here: Word icon MRC Coordinator RFP

Training for Volunteers in Disaster Shelters

This is a great series of videos for shelter volunteers

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http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA977EE75E55242DE&feature=plcp

Blueprint for the Use of Volunteers in Hospitals and Rural Medical Centers
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A toolkit developed to help hospitals and public health agencies integrate volunteer support into hospital inpatient, emergency department, and incident response operations through deployment of "Just-in-time" training (JITT) and exercise curricula. A video summary is below:

PFA in a Radiation Response

Online training from the CDC:
Psychological First Aid in Radiation Disasters (Web Based)

The unique psychological aspects of mass casualty radiation disasters require an increased need for psychological first aid knowledge in the response community. Anyone who may respond to a radiation disaster, whether as a professional or as a volunteer must have an understanding of these aspects and how to best address them.

New Video! An Introduction to the MRC
MA Region 4A MRC Conference Success!
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Spaces still open!

MA Region 4A MRC Conference May 5th!

You can download a flyer here: PDF icon Region 4A MRC Conference

Please pre-register here

Looking forward to seeing you in May!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

MRC featured in JAMA

As featured on http://jama.ama-assn.org/, PDF icon Medical Reserves Answer Call to Service

MA Region 4A MRC Conference

Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to announce the date of the Region 4A MRC conference which will be held on Saturday May 5th at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in 16 Crescent Street Stow, MA. We wanted you all to see the Program that has been planned and to ask you to pre-register for the conference.

We are very excited about our Speakers and trainers!

Our host will be Michael Gurnick Ashland MRC Chairman and MA Firefighting Academy Trainer

Our Key Note Speaker will be Dr. James Geiling who will discuss the Haiti Deployment Mobile Medical Hospitals, Altered Standards of care during a large scale disaster. Dr. Geiling will share the experiences of his deployment to Haiti during the aftermath of the earthquakes.

  • Shelter Simulation Table top exercise
  • MRC Leadership Training
  • Field Triage
  • Emotional Resilience Training Part 1

Lunch break and networking

  • Field Triage
  • Shelter Managers Course
  • Emotional Resilience Training Part 2
  • MRC Leadership Training
  • SMART Training

We are planning to end the conference with a tour of the Firefighting Academy guided by Mike Gurnick, our host, followed by an awards ceremony.

Please pre-register here

We have had many wonderful volunteers and we would like to ask you all to nominate some members of Region MRC for recognition at the awards ceremony. You can click on this link to make a nomination: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XY7NDPF

You can download a flyer here: PDF icon Region 4A MRC conference Save the Date PDF

Looking Forward to Seeing You All There!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Let's Move!

Dear MRC Leaders, Volunteers, and Colleagues,

As we approach the month of March, we are starting to think about the beginning of spring, spending more time outdoors, and becoming more physically active. As MRC volunteers and leaders, we know the importance of staying active and healthy--as individuals, and as communities. A great way to start getting active and to continue promoting the MRC's activities in our 10th anniversary year is with Let's Move!, a national initiative dedicated to reducing the childhood obesity within a generation. Let's Move! aims to reach that goal by helping children become more physically active, as well as by fostering environments that support healthy choices, providing healthier foods in our schools, and ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food.

The MRC is in a unique position to mobilize its leaders, volunteers, and partners in spreading the word about the Let's Move! initiative by reaching out to local schools, community leaders and elected officials to engage them in addressing the problem of obesity in their communities. In fact, many MRC units have already been involved in Let's Move! activities, such as:

  • Western Piedmont MRC (South Carolina) is partnering with a local high school group to plan and develop a Let's Move! project that will engage students in educating their peers about living healthier lifestyles.
  • Clinton County MRC (Illinois) volunteers are working to create a community resource book of healthy recipes that will raise money to assist youth and seniors in joining local gyms.
  • Fremont MRC (California) promoted Let's Move! at a local health festival by leading a one- mile fitness walk and distributing Let's Move! informational materials.
  • UMass Amherst MRC (Massachusetts) participated in a Let's Move! event in which parents and children took part in a variety of activities demonstrating easy ways that families can incorporate 60 minutes of daily physical activity into their lives.
  • North Alabama MRC developed a guidebook that provides hands-on nutrition education for 3-5 year olds, as well as monthly family health workshops, health screening events and ‘kick off' and ‘wrap up' celebrations. The program utilizes Sesame Street Foundation's "Health Habits for Life" guide, workshops and other resources.

These are just a few of the many Let's Move! activities the MRC network has been involved in, and we encourage you to help get your community moving and engaged in helping kids become more active, eat healthier and grow up healthy. To promote your own efforts to local media, please see the attached template press release for your To find more ideas, visit the Let's Move! Web site at http://www.letsmove.gov.

Rob

Robert J. Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA
CAPT, USPHS
Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Office of the Surgeon General

Region 5 MRC Training Day - March 24

Hello Everyone~

Region 5 has shared this training day with us, all classes are free and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet our partners in Region 5.

Download the registration Form here

Liisa Jackson

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of MRC
Saturday March 24, 2012
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Duxbury Senior Center
10 Mayflower Street Duxbury, MA 02332

Morning Session (11:15 AM - 1:15 PM)

  • Building Relationships for Effective Collaboration — JJ Durham
  • CPR/AED/Choke saving: (Part 1) - Jean Roma
  • Psychological First Aid — Lisa Kaufman
  • MA Responds Overview — Lisa Crowner
  • Bioterrorism Training — Dennis Swift
  • Small Animal Handling and Pet First Aid — To Be Determined

Afternoon Session (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

  • Managing Everyday Conflict — JJ Durham
  • CPR/AED/Choke saving (Part 2) - Jean Roma
  • Home Preparedness Training — Lisa Kaufman
  • PPE/Blood borne Pathogen Training — Lisa Crowner
  • Social Media in a Disaster — Dennis Swift

Please bring laptops and iPads if available. Wi-Fi will be provided.

Contact hours will be available to Nurses, Medical Assistants, and EMTs for some courses

Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent
Town of Duxbury
878 Tremont Street
Duxbury, MA 02332
781-934-1100, Ext. 124

MRC Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!

Happy New Year! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Medical Reserve Corps, which was announced during President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, and officially launched as a demonstration project in July of 2002. Over these past ten years, we have seen the program grow to over 200,000 volunteers in almost 1,000 units across the country—ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities.

As you know, MRC units can play a large role in carrying out the National Prevention Strategy, recognizing that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from stopping disease before it starts. MRC units have met that challenge with public health activities ranging from flu vaccination clinics and smoking cessation initiatives to obesity prevention programs through the "Let's Move" campaign and Bodyworks, a program that targets parents and caregivers of adolescents as resources to improve family eating and activity behaviors.

We will commemorate and celebrate the MRC's 10th anniversary and our decade of accomplishments throughout the coming year, and we encourage you to get the word out in your communities as well. The anniversary year is a great opportunity to highlight your unit's activities and successes by reaching out to your local media, community leaders, and to prospective partners and volunteers. As part of our awareness plan, we intend to highlight National Health Observances that are tied to the MRC's prevention mission, such as the Great American Smokeout, National Nutrition Month, and National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we will send you the upcoming observances for the month. You can also find them at this link: http://www.healthfinder.gov.

I encourage you to use our new 10th anniversary logo throughout the year-- on your website, email signature lines, and in printed materials. To access the logos, first log in to the MRC Member Resources site (www.medicalreservecorps.gov). Then, select the Logo Request/New Use option. Complete the short form that follows, and then, select and download the logo file(s) directly from the next page. As with the traditional MRC logo, please review the guidelines associated with the use of the MRC logo here.

With each public health activity, preparedness exercise, and emergency response, we are all making a difference in the health and safety of this Nation, and I look forward to growing our spirit, dedication, and commitment in 2012 and beyond.

Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
5600 Fishers Lane, Rm 18C-14
Rockville, Maryland 20857
MRCcontact@hhs.gov
www.medicalreservecorps.gov

 
 
Your Team
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Are you thinking of becoming a Volunteer?  We are looking for individuals who are interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to support their town, region, state, or even beyond.  The MRC is made up of volunteers who assist in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. The MRC may also be called upon to help during the year with routine events in the community (e.g. Annual Flu Clinic, Health Fair, or Public Health Outreach).  Local Corps are formed in conjuction with Police, Fire, and the Board of Health in each town. United States citizenship is not required to be part of the MRC, and any community member can assist with administrative and other essential support functions, even without medical training.

 

Volunteer Benefits

Benefits of volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps:

  1. Serve your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones in your town and beyond
  2. Be part of a team trained to provide medical, public, and mental health support during an emergency
  3. Network with other medical and public health professionals, as part of a critically important and specialized team
  4. Participate in initiatives that enhance and strengthen public health such as vaccination and health education programs
  5. An MRC trained volunteer could be part of a team mobilized to serve your country during a national emergency such as Hurricane Katrina
  6. Free training and continuing education credits for topics such as:
    • Personal safety in emergency situations
    • Sheltering
    • Emergency management
    • Incident Command System
    • Existing local emergency plans, procedures, and facilities

 

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