2008 NWTEMC Conf MRC by P1OBWG


Medical Reserve Corps
     Shari Mattson Cooper
         Medical Reserve Corps

Application process to officially establish unit:

1. Collaborative MRC unit to serve all member
   tribes of the NWTEMC

2. MRC representatives from participating tribes

3. Encourage each tribe to consider using MRC
   resources in their communities
         How did MRC start?
September 11, 2001
Other major disasters
Injuries overwhelm hospitals
and staff, first responders
Spontaneous volunteers
Supplies not accessible
             MRC – What is it?

A Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit
  is a group of medical and support
  volunteers who are:
Intended to supplement existing community health,
   medical and emergency response systems
Volunteers are pre-screened, credentialed and trained
   in all-hazards response in advance
Participate in community health outreach programs
May deploy to other locations but emphasis is LOCAL
  Volunteers in      Foster Grandparents    Created in
Service to America        Program             1960

    NCCC              Senior Companion     Since created
National Civilian         Program          over 170,000
Community Corps                              volunteers
                      Retired & Senior      have served
Grantees include:    Volunteers (RSVP)           in
 American Red                              137 countries
   Habitat for
Boys & Girls Club
             MRC BASICS

RECRUIT volunteers to respond
in a public health emergency

TRAIN volunteers to respond
efficiently and be prepared to
function in an emergency

RESPOND as needed in an emergency

SUSTAIN the interest and commitment of the
volunteers, participate in community events
                Why do we need
                  an MRC?
Incidents of Nature
 – Severe Weather
 – Earthquakes
 – Fires
 – Tsunami
Hazardous Materials
 – Major Interstate
 – Pipelines
 – Railroads
 – Haz/Mat Facilities
Domestic Security Incidents
 – Nuclear, Biological,
 – Mass Clinic Needs
   (Smallpox, Anthrax)
             BENEFITS of MRC
Provides supplemental personnel to support existing
public health and emergency response systems
– Surge capacity
– Vaccination and prophylactic treatment
– Field response
Provides mechanisms for information sharing and
coordination among community partners
– Emergency management and public health systems
Enhances community preparedness through citizen
– Communities improving their own health and safety through local
Allows communities more autonomy in responding to
– Immediate response and action
– Less reliance on state and national resources
          Where is MRC today?
Emphasis is local
MRC Units housed by:
–   health depts.
–   emergency management depts.
–   religious organizations
–   hospitals
–   local volunteer organizations
–   colleges and universities
MRC Units established in cities, counties and
regions across the country
MRC Units established by tribes
                  MRC Status
 784 MRC units in all 50 states, the District of
 Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam
 Over 168,388 volunteers:
 Physicians              Pharmacists
 Physician Assistants    Mental Health Professionals
 Nurse Practitioners     EMTs and Paramedics
 Registered Nurses       Epidemiologists
 Dentists                Health Educators
 Veterinarians           Others…SUPPORT
    Where do we fit in?
         REGION X
        39 MRC Units
Regional Coordinator: Jesus Reyna
             Washington State
              20 MRC Units
Carnation-Duvall MRC            Region IV MRC (Southwest Washington)
Carnation, WA                   Vancouver, WA
Fall City MRC                   Samish MRC
Fall City, WA                   Anacortes, WA
Grays Harbor Emergency Health   Skagit County MRC
Worker Reserve Corps            Mt Vernon, WA
 Aberdeen, WA                   Snohomish County MRC
Island County MRC               Everett, WA
Coupeville, WA                  Snoqualmie Tribe MRC
Kitsap County Department of     Snoqualmie, WA
Emergency Management MRC
                                Tulalip Tribes MRC
Bremerton, WA
MRC of Eastern Washington       Tulalip, WA
Spokane, WA                     Vashon Island MRC
Nooksack Tribes MRC             Vashon Is, WA
Everson, WA (In progress)       Washington Region 3 MRC
Northwest Tribal Emergency      Olympia, WA
Management Council MRC          Whatcom County MRC
Tulalip, WA                     Bellingham, WA
Pierce County MRC               Yakima County MRC
Tacoma, WA                      Yakima, WA
             NWTEMC – MRC
             Where we’re at:

Collaborative MRC unit for member tribes of NWTEMC
MRC representative from each participating tribe
Volunteer recruitment within communities

Coordinate NIMS training, practice drills and exercises
Assist individual tribes develop their own MRC units
Work with partners to develop MRC role in emergency
             NTWEMC – MRC

Tribal Emergency Management Agencies
Tribal Councils/Board of Directors
Health Clinics
Police Departments
Fire Departments
Public Health Departments
Community Volunteer Organizations
Local Schools and Colleges
Local, state and federal agencies
            NWTEMC – MRC
           Where we’re going:
Have trained, prepared medical personnel and support
staff to assist during an emergency within the tribal
communities of Washington State
Sensitive and respectful of the cultural needs of those
Native American communities
Work with ALL partners to identify and address the
specific needs of each tribal community
Educate our communities on emergency preparedness
Participate in community outreach programs to improve
the overall health of the communities
 Medical Reserve Corps

 Each tribe is encouraged to
  participate and utilize MRC
resources in their communities.

             CONTACT US:

Shari Mattson Cooper, NWTEMC – MRC Unit Coordinator
     (360) 632-6288
Lynda Harvey, NWTEMC – Director/Chairperson
    (425) 508-3967
Jesus Reyna, MRC Region X Coordinator
    (206) 615-3678
Scott Carlson, WA State Volunteer Systems Coordinator
     For questions about ESAR-VHP, WAHVE
    (360) 236-4086
           For a complete list of all
           MRC Unit Coordinators,
          Regional Coordinators and
      National MRC program information:

NWTEMC - MRC updates and contact information
    will be posted to the NWTEMC website:

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