Jackson County to create disaster response reserve team of volunteers

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County Health Department is recruiting volunteers to join the Jackson County Medical Reserve Corps (JC*MRC).

The JC*MRC has been established to create a volunteer force that will assist in local disaster response and public health emergencies in Jackson County.

Both medical and non-medical volunteers are sought to join the JC*MRC. Organizers say they can put everyone's skills to work in times of disaster.

Jackson County has been hit by numerous disasters including ice storms, the May 8, 2009 deratio storm, and most recently widespread flooding.

A special training will be held at Jackson County Health Department in the back building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday July 16, 2011. Lunch will be provided, but pre-registration is required.

The training will tell you what JC*MRC is all about, inform you about what potential roles you could play in disaster response, and help you better prepare your family for a disaster.

Those who attend the training and join the JC*MRC will receive an emergency preparedness kit and a travel emergency kit bag.

Other benefits of volunteering include a uniform shirt, handbooks, and future training opportunities. Also, in the event of a public health emergency that requires dispensing of medications to the public, active JC*MRC volunteers and their immediate family members will receive priority treatment.

To sign-up for the training, contact Tsoetsy Harris, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator/ JC*MRC Coordinator at Jackson County Health Department, (618) 684-3143 ext. 176 or by email at: tsoetsyh@jchdonline.org.

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