(Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Department of Health is constantly working to improve disaster preparedness and coordination. An incident such as pandemic flu or hurricane requires a comprehensive response to protect the health of Gloucester County’s residents. Volunteers play an intricate role in the success of our response to a public health emergency. Trained volunteers may be asked to help with health screenings, vaccinations, medical sheltering, medication distribution, health education and counseling.
Gloucester County utilized the Medical Reserve Corps to enhance the County’s emergency preparedness by ensuring that a trained group of healthcare professionals and community volunteers are ready to respond to public health emergencies. This initiative is part of a federal and state program to help support local area needs.
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to develop a prepared, trained workforce of volunteers to serve the citizens of Gloucester County in the event of a public health emergency. Free training and exercises are provided regularly to enhance the skills of the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers.
Anyone with an interest in health issues living or working in Gloucester County may volunteer. Licensed or certified health care professionals, practicing or retired are needed, as well as community volunteers such as interpreters, chaplains, social workers and support staff.
Please join us for a recruitment event on Wednesday December 14, 2011 at 6pm at the Camden County Fire Training Academy, Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center, 420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road, Blackwood.
For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps or to register please contact Scott Woodside at (856) 218-4135. Individuals may apply to the Medical Reserve Corps online at http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/depts/h/hedss/emprep/volunteer.asp