Fort Bend County Medical Reserve Corps “Uniting Fort Bend in Preparedness” Christine Manson de Rabe Homeland Preparedness Project MRC Fort Bend County Coordinator
Mission StatementThe mission of the MRC is to engagevolunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency. 2
Action FocusThe overarching goals provided by the Surgeon General improve health literacy, increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities improving public health preparedness
CELEBRATING CHANGE George W. Bushs 2002 State of the Union address, and officially launched as a demonstration project in July of 2002. Over these past ten years, we have seen the program grow to over 200,000 volunteers in almost 1,000 units across the country—ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities.
National Response & Service When the southeast was battered by hurricanes in 2004, MRC volunteers in the affected areas and beyond helped communities by filling in at local hospitals, assisting their neighbors at local shelters, and providing first aid to those injured by the storms. During this 2- month period, more than 30 MRC units worked as part of the relief efforts, including those whose volunteers were called in from across the country to assist the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
During the 2008 Hurricane Season more than 1,500 MRC members were willing to deploy for Hurricane Ike Almost 200 volunteers from 25 MRC units were activated by HHS. 400 volunteers from more than 80 local MRC units were activated to support ARC disaster operations in Gulf Coast areas.
Part Of FEMA’s Citizen Corps Network Community Volunteer Efforts Prevent And Respond To Any Kind Of Disaster
Making Numbers Count 982 MRC Units in the United States 206,192 registered MRC volunteers in the US Fort Bend County has approximately 560,000 residents 16 Public POD Locations, several other Closed PODs 5600 volunteers are needed to man all 16 PODS Fort Bend County has one of the Medical Reserve Corps in Region VI and the US Currently Fort Bend County has over 2000 active volunteers Since Aug 1, 2011 our Team has provided over 2500 volunteer hours to our County valued at approx. $40,000
Get Trained! Go to Work How do I become a member? Attend a MRC Orientation Complete paperwork Participate in a minimum of one yearly exercise Complete ICS 100, 200, 700, & 800 (online) How long is the training? 3 hour Orientation complete with paperwork Where do we train? Pick a place and we will be there Who do we train? Anyone 16 and older with consent
Fort Bend County MRC WHAT? In the 3 hour Orientation we train everyone in a briefoverview of ICS structure and basic SNS and PODfunctions. We work with Health and Human Services PublicHealth Emergency Preparedness Team to provide in classand online trainings in the real threats to this area. Thesespecifically include Unit Lead, Radio Communications,CASPER, WebEOC, Epidemiology, Family Preparedness,and Nuclear or Radiological Terrorism among others. http://ftbend.togtraining.com
Looking at the Future of MRC in Fort BendMobile (Medical) Sheltering Unit
M.U.S.T. (Mobile Unit Set Up Team) Special Olympics April 21, 2012 Served as a cooling/firstaid/water station shelter for over 250 Special Olympics participants
M.U.S.T. Deployments We are being featured in NACCHO’s (National Association of County and City Health Officials) 10th Anniversary newsletter for this event!!!
C.O.R.P.S. Leadership Core Operations Response Squad – 50 member leadership group that holds meetings every 6 weeks to help MRC and HHS plan SNS operations, POD leadership, and develop MRC growth and future plan for Fort Bend County among other things.
Exercises & Deployment October 22, 2011 Full Scale EXMay 19, 2012Full Scale EX
Exercises & Deployment H1N1 Swine Flu deployment 2010 Call-Out to assist Magnolia County Last Fall for wildfires
Do you Want to Know More? Homeland Preparedness Project www.homelandpreparedness.org National Office – 2833 Cytherea Circle, Alvin, Texas 77511 National Medical Reserve Corps Website www.medicalreservercorps.gov Please Signup to for our mailing list… You will receive event updates, training opportunities and important preparedness information.
Full Scale EX Sat. May 19, 2012 Seven Lakes High School 8 am – 2 pm