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May-July Opportunities
 

Many thanks to our members for continuing our 'busy season.' UMV MRC volunteers made a strong showing in a live, first-ever statewide drill that was conducted during the MA MRC meeting on May 2. Our unit filled all of the shifts and completed the exercise in the first ten minutes! By the end of the meeting, 93 of our members had responded, 72 of whom said they could have filled shifts at a [simulated] emergency shelter that weekend.

We are also grateful to the 12 volunteers who staffed the biannual WestFest health fair and food truck expo on May 6. The event was televised by local cable TV. Members are filmed leading 'Let's Move!' children's activities to combat obesity; engaging visitors in 'Public Health Jeopardy;' staffing the MRC exhibit to raise awareness of emergency preparedness and other initiatives; and demonstrating Hands-Only CPR.

Your coordinator represented the unit at the annual NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officers) conference from April 24-28. She delivered an overview to hundreds of her MRC counterparts from across the U.S. -- and a 90-minute workshop for 200 NACCHO attendees -- about our unit's 2015-2016 grant project: "Creative Outreach to Vulnerable Populations."

The following information about our upcoming opportunities is current as of May 9.

Classes, Health Fairs, and ICS
5/22
Mon.
7-9P
Westford
SNS and EDS Training
Recommended for upcoming EDS drills
6/4
Sun.
10A-1P
Tewksbury
Bike Rodeo/Health Fair
Annual community safety event.
7/16
Sun
8A-2P
Westford
Domestic Violence Prev'n
Seeking wide range of members!

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Online
ICS-100 & NIMS-700
Self-paced options for response training

To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549. Classes are free for members, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

I. HEALTH FAIRS

June 4, Sun, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bike Rodeo and Health Fair. Seeking members at all levels to oversee fitness activities, screen visitors for hypertension, and raise awareness of the MRC and public health initiatives. Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury.

July 16, Sun, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live for Liv Event. Annual fundraiser and awareness event with fun-run, walk, bike ride, exhibits, and family activities. 4H Fairgrounds at 51 Chelmsford Road, Westford. (Exact times and assignments for MRC volunteers to be finalized in June.) See the details at this web site.

II. CLASSES

May 22, Mon, 7 to 9 p.m. New: SNS/EDS Training. The speaker is the Medical Counter-Measures director for the state of Massachusetts. Learn the latest information from an expert about the Strategic National Stockpile and how the materials might be accessed in an Emergency Dispensing Site. Medical volunteers can earn up to 2CEUs / OEMS hours of continuing education credit. Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main Street, Westford.

III. ONLINE ICS

ICS/NIMS SELF-STUDY
All MRCs are urged to become 'NIMS-compliant' by training in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System. Our unit asks its volunteers to complete ICS-100 and NIMS-700 as soon as possible after joining the UMV MRC, and e-mailing their course completion certificates to the Coordinator for our files. If you have not yet completed these courses, then please click on these links for the self-study materials:

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

Each course usually takes less than three hours to finish. Be sure to PRINT the final exam and note your answers on the hardcopy, before entering your choices into the system, to avoid a risk of the system timing out while you're taking the test. Volunteers who certify in ICS/NIMS help to improve our unit's skill in deployments. Shared knowledge of protocols and terminology allow us to interact effectively with our response partners. The courses also provide medical volunteers with free continuing education credits.

 


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886