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What is a Medical Reserve Corps?
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and using public health, medical and other volunteers. It was founded after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are all part of the President's USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide.
What is the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Reserve Corps (SGRMRC)?
The Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Reserve Corps is a unit under Citizens Corps of Lee and Dougherty counties. This unit also partners with two (2) Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in Lee & Dougherty and a Fire Corps in Lee. The mission of the unit is to provide volunteer support to community partners involved in both emergencies and regular, ongoing activities related to health & wellness. Southwest Public Health District 8-2 houses the local MRC. The District's mission is to prevent disease, injury, and disability; to promote health & well-being; and to prepare for disasters.
What kinds of activities do MRC volunteers do and how do I sign up to be a volunteer with the SGRMRC?
Volunteers may be involved in a variety of health and preparedness related activities including, but not limited to, helping in the receipt, repackaging, transport, and/or dispensing of pharmaceutical and medical supplies/equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS); helping in shelters during natural (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, pandemic flu, etc.) or man-made (biological/chemical weapon release, hazmat events, etc.) disasters; working at/conducting disaster recovery centers, health fairs, health promotion events, school presentations (primary/secondary, colleges/universities, etc.); disease surveillance and data collection; immunizations programs; helping support neighbors & friends during a pandemic flu event. Persons wishing to sign up as a volunteer can go to the District website at www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org and complete a volunteer registration form. Our MRC is looking for both medical and non-medical volunteers; therefore, we STRONGLY encourage and invite persons in all disciplines to sign up.
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