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The Medical Reserve Corps.

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Did you know that there are three groups of volunteers in the state of Nevada who are trained to strengthen the health and safety of their communities? The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Southern Nevada, Washoe County and Carson City are comprised of over 400 individuals, medical and non-medical volunteers, who have been trained in incident response so they can be deployed quickly when an emergency occurs.

MRC volunteers benefit from preparedness information received through online courses, classroom training and live exercises. In the fall of 2008 in Clark County, licensed and certified MRC volunteers administered flu vaccine to homeless citizens at a local shelter during a communications/ point of dispensing (POD) exercise. They also staffed the medical tents at the Silverman full-distance triathlon. The other Nevada MRC units were also active participants in the statewide POD exercise in October.

As a nurse volunteer in your local MRC you can learn how to prepare for and respond to emergencies in order to protect yourself, your family and pets and your neighbors. You can elect to be deployed to other areas of our nation to join other volunteers in the event of disasters such as hurricanes or floods.

To learn more about becoming involved in your local MRC, log on to www.medicalreservecorps.gov

Credits: Medical Reserve Corps 101, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General

By Camilla Camburn, RN, BC, MSN

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