Members of all levels, both
medical and non-medical, are needed to staff the MRC exhibit
at the season's Health and Wellness Fairs. One last event remains
Westford -- Abbot Middle School, 25 Depot Street, Saturday
May 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at these events allows new members to get acquainted with more
seasoned volunteers -- while serving the public, promoting health
initiatives, and raising awareness of the MRC. The Westford
event also provides a special perk: the choice of several popular
food trucks out front, which were a huge hit last year!
Even if you can't staff the MRC exhibit at this event, kindly
encourage your friends and family to stop by. Click here
II. PET FEST
This is the second time the
City of Lowell is offering a PetFest, and the first year in
which our MRC members are invited
to participate. We're seeking volunteers to promote Pet Preparedness
at our exhibit, and to help at other sections of the event.
The location is Butler School, 1140 Gorham Street, in Lowell
-- rain or shine! Saturday, April 25,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is also encouraged to stop by and
learn about local initiatives on behalf of our household animals.
Lowell residents can bring pets to receive rabies vaccinations.
for information about the overall PetFest.
III. BACTERIA VS. VIRUS: HOW
TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Suzanne Bonenfant, RN, MSN will explain the differences
between these two categories of disease agents. She'll also
explain how to protect yourself and others from their effects.
The content is appropriate for ALL levels of members. Two continuing
education credits (CEUs and OEMS hours) have been approved for
medical volunteers. Class takes place on Thursday, May
14, from 7 to 9 p.m . at Town Hall, 55 Main Street,
IV. SHELTERING EXERCISE
are pleased to welcome back Shannon Manzi, PharmD and James
Sheard, FF/EMT-P, with their team of seasoned disaster responders.
This year we will be building on the training exercise from
May 10, 2014 to drill our capacity to set up and care for area
residents at an emergency shelter. Specific topics will be confirmed
as the date draws closer. This exercise takes place at the same
time and place as the first session: Blanchard School in Westford,
May 30, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. All levels of members are invited, with a preferred maximum
of 60 participants. You are not required to have
participated in last year's drill to attend, and non-medical
members are welcome. Five continuing education credits are confirmed
for medical volunteers.
Members are invited to support the 'Let's Move!" initiataive
to combat childhood obesity by staffing Tewksbury's annual bike
safety event. Tewksbury High School, Sunday June
7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As a reminder: 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
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.