September: National Preparedness Month
Rock Island County Medical Reserve Corps
Rock Island County Health Department oversees the Rock Island County Medical Reserve Corps unit. The Rock Island County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) consists of volunteers (medical and non-medical personnel) who have offered to help in emergency situations. Our Mission is to recruit, train, and maintain a group of volunteers to assist with Public Health emergency response activities. Volunteers may assist the health department or assist our local hospitals when they are overwhelmed during an emergency such as a tornado or an influenza pandemic.
Volunteers may assist in a variety of ways such as nursing, clerical support, interpreters, lay counselors, and guides; just to name a few. Volunteers help fill in the gaps during emergencies when there may be staff shortages of both medical and non-medical workers. MRC volunteers receive training prior to such emergencies in order to improve our preparedness level and increase emergency response efficiency.
The Rock Island County MRC has included volunteers in multiple practice exercises; most recently MRC volunteers participated in the August 2014 Quad City Airport mass casualty exercise. MRC volunteers have also assisted with real events such as vaccination clinics during the 2009 Hepatitis A outbreak and the 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic.
The Rock Island County Medical Reserve Corps’ ongoing mission is to continually recruit and train volunteers. Click here for the MRC volunteer application form. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Rock Island County Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Nita Ludwig at 309-558-2945.