Area volunteers gather to prepare For disaster
Volunteers from around the region will gather in Galveston on Saturday to prepare for disasters that could affect our area. One hundred (100) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers from 5 counties will participate in a full day of disaster preparedness training that will prepare them to help their communities during a major disaster. Participants from Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, and Montgomery Counties will gather to learn and practice how they will respond together to a major disaster.
The Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will learn START Triage, a system for prioritizing care during mass casualty incidents, and be certified in CPR. These skills can help save lives at disasters and during the “little disasters” that occur in everyday life.
MRC is a national network of local groups of volunteers, sponsored by the US Surgeon General’s Office, committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.
“We’ve got the greatest bunch of volunteers!”, said Bill Ray, Executive Director of Homeland Preparedness Project. “They’ve taken a day out of their weekend to come to Galveston and learn a new skill, so they can help others after an event.” Homeland Preparedness Project has partnered with Ft. Bend and Brazoria counties to develop Medical Reserve Corps Units for those counties.
This is the second consecutive year MRC units volunteers in Texas, through a grant from the National Association of City and County Health Officials, have worked together to provide an event where their volunteers can get together to train, network, and practice response skills.
Medical Reserve Corps is always looking for more volunteers. No medical training is required. To find a unit near you, go to www.medicalreservecorps.com .
Short URL: http://www.fortbendstar.com/?p=34161