Prior, proper planning could potentially reduce a catastrophe, which is why the Medical Reserve Corp., of Atlantic county is revving up its recruiting efforts.
"If county residents have a willingness to volunteer, we have a role for them," says Director of Atlantic county public health Ben Mount."Our medical reserve core contains license and certified medical professionals and also other community volunteers who may not have any medical experience," says Mount.
The Atlantic County Medical Reserve Corp., or the MRC is looking for a few good men or women to join its volunteering ranks.
"Some of the benefits of volunteering first of all, that your prepared you've made the arrangements to be prepared, and your family is taken care of, plus there's the satisfaction of helping people," claims Mount.
During public health and other emergencies, MRC volunteers perform multiple duties needed to protect the safety and well–being of their fellow citizens.
"The volunteers were vital during super storm sandy. We had shelter operations going on, and we just needed so many people to help at the shelters," says Mount.
Volunteers are trained on a slew of health awareness topics from aiding in shelter operations and flu clinics. To handing out literature for information programs and public information campaigns.
"Weapons of mass destruction, information about pandemic flu. Personal preparedness, psychological first aid, a whole host of topics," states Mount.
The Tony Canale Training Center, is where MRC volunteers come to and train and sharpen their skills both in and outside the classroom. Which mount says prepares them for that call of duty.
"We have a role for everybody. Everybody can help, and can help the community be prepared," says Mount.
New members need to complete 6 hours of orientation over 3 separate sessions with meetings held quarterly to keep up with new technologies and techniques to help keep the community safe.