Medical Reserve Corps Needs More Volunteer in Case of Emergencies

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Medical Reserve Corps Needs More Volunteer in Case of Emergencies


Byline: Lake County Health Department submission

Lake County residents seeking a volunteer opportunity with free training for widespread emergency situations may want to join the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps. A medical background is not required for those wanting to volunteer.

An informational meeting about what the volunteer group does is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Room C002, Building C, at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

Affiliated with the Lake County Health Department's Emergency Response program, the MRC is in place to support the existing health care system in situations of public health emergencies. For instance, MRC volunteers assisted with the H1N1 outbreak in Lake County and 10 traveled to Louisiana to assist after Hurricane Katrina in what was the first national activation of MRC volunteers.

"If you want to volunteer, we will find a job for you," said Chet Splitt, MRC coordinator. Locally, there are 375 members and the goal is to double that number.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Lake County or one of the adjacent counties. In case of a large-scale emergency wherein medication needs to be distributed, volunteers and their immediate family will receive the medication first to help ensure the volunteer's ability to respond.

Medical or nonmedical students who meet the age and residency requirement are encouraged to be volunteers as well. …

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