What is Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps?
Wasco County MRC is part of a nationwide network of locally-based volunteer units that train and prepare community members to help with disaster response when emergency personnel are overwhelmed. MRC members can also volunteer in the community in non-disaster times, if they choose.
Who can join?
Wasco County MRC recruits:
- Licensed health professionals (from all fields).
- Retired health professionals (from all fields).
- Unlicensed volunteers interested in aiding in disaster response & promoting preparedness.
Can your community count on you?
- Members will be trained and prepared to integrate with emergency responders during a disaster.
- You will be a vital part of the health and safety of your community.
- Deployment is always optional – participation in Wasco County MRC does not obligate anyone to volunteer in an emergency.
What if my medical license is no longer active?
You can still be a volunteer– during times of emergency, the Oregon State Governor may allow retired medical professionals to practice. Retired professionals are integral to the sustainability of many MRC units. In addition, during non-disaster times, retired professionals are a vital part of our effort to increase community preparedness for potential emergency situations.
What does an MRC volunteer do?
- Volunteers supplement existing emergency services when a disaster overwhelms local response capabilities.
- Potential volunteer roles include vaccine administration, patient screening, behavioral health triage, patient education, maintaining medical records, staffing alternate care sites, and much more.
- In non-disaster situations, MRC members may choose to volunteer within the community at events such as vaccination clinics, public awareness campaigns, health fairs, etc. The outreach opportunities are endless!
- Volunteers may also have the opportunity to participate in county-wide emergency response exercises, local training courses, and other preparedness activities.
Do I have to live or work in Wasco County?
No! Wasco County MRC is intended as a resource for the entire Mid-Columbia region. Everyone is encouraged to join!
How do I sign up?
Registration is easy!
- Register on serv-or.org. Make sure you have your license information handy (if you have a medical license) and be sure to choose Wasco County MRC when prompted to “Add Organization”.
Are there requirements to be a volunteer?
To be an active volunteer, you must:
- Register on SERV-OR as described above.
- Agree to a background check & if licensed, agree to have credentials verified.
- Attend a Volunteer Orientation – Contact Tanya Wray at email@example.com or 541-506-2631 to find upcoming dates.
- Complete FREE Personal Preparedness Course available at www.ualbanycphp.org/learning/registration/tab.cfm?course=pep&s=register
- Complete two Incident Command System (ICS) courses –
- These will help prepare you to integrate with emergency responders during a disaster.
- IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction – Take these courses online at http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all or in-classroom through Wasco County MRC.
- Get as involved as you wish! You are encouraged to attend Wasco County MRC meetings, trainings, county-wide emergency response exercises, and volunteer activities.
What can I gain from volunteering?
- A chance to make your community safer and more resilient.
- Personal satisfaction from helping others.
- Local training opportunities, some of which include CEUs/CMEs.
- Knowledge to better prepare yourself and loved ones for an emergency.
We are especially looking for volunteers for these two projects:
Wasco Co MRC First Aid Tent Project
- Through a State Homeland Security Grant, Wasco Co. MRC purchased an inflatable tent, accessories, first-aid supplies and a trailer.
- Up to 40 MRC volunteers can attend a First-Aid AED CPR Course at CGCC. The grant will pay for tuition & textbook.
- The MRC will offer to provide first-aid services at local events, such as run/walks.
- The MRC will participate in local emergency preparedness exercises, such as the Cascadia Rising Exercise in June 2016!
- The MRC will use these activities to become a trained and cohesive unit. The goal is to be able to respond to an actual disaster that could overwhelm our medical community.
Step It Up! Students Project
- With a NACCHO grant, Wasco Co. MRC will implement a walk-to-school program at participating grade schools, during the 2016-2017 school year.
- A kick-off party will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Dalles City Park.
- MRC Volunteers are needed to chaperone students on a mapped route to school, one day per month! And to help with the kick-off and year-end celebrations!
- The first walk-to-school day will be held on National Walk-To-School Day, Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, and each first Wednesday of the month throughout the 2016-17 school year.
- A celebration will be held following the final walk-to-school day.
- We hope to encourage walking as a part of an active lifestyle to all, through this program, and we hope to increase the walk-to-school days per month in coming years!
Want to know more about Wasco Co. MRC or need help registering?
Contact Tanya Wray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-506-2631
Visit Wasco County’s MRC website
Wasco County MRC (National MRC Website)
Check us out on Facebook! Wasco Co. MRC Facebook Page
Print a copy of our brochure:
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